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January 04, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

Men face charges in armed robbery



Two men charged last month with a home-invasion robbery face charges they also participated in the armed robbery of a Frederick Street business in Hagerstown, Washington County District Court records show.

Joshua Boyd Cook, 30, and Jason Erwin Bender, 29, both of 242 1/2 N. Locust St. in Hagerstown, were in jail Wednesday night, a Washington County Detention Center deputy said.

A charging document alleges Bender showed what appeared to a be a sawed-off shotgun and demanded money from a man at Pope Tire on 261 Frederick St. on Nov. 21. Cook allegedly drove the getaway vehicle, the document states.

Bender allegedly took about $2,500 from Pope Tire.

Bender and Cook also are accused of robbing a family of four in Hagerstown Nov. 28.

Among the charges Bender and Cook face in the Pope Tire robbery are five counts of first-degree assault and armed robbery, court records show. Bail for both men was set at $500,000 each in the case, the records show.

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Man charged with stealing from business



A 42-year-old Richmond, Va., man who allegedly stole about $30,000 from his Hagerstown workplace over five months is charged with multiple counts of theft, Washington County District Court records show.

Matthew Andrew Brooks, of 305 W. Roanoke St., posted bond Friday, court records show. He allegedly took about $30,000 from Nationwide Warehouse, where he was a manager from December 2000 to April 2001, a charging document states. A district manager of Nationwide Warehouse said he did not hear from Brooks after informing Brooks about the investigation in April 2001, the document states.

Money for deposit was either not deposited or deposited incompletely 18 times during that period, the document alleges.

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