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Hagerstown man faces robbery and theft charges

February 15, 2007

A Hagerstown man faces charges that include robbery, assault and theft in four active cases after a wallet found in a jacket linked to a robbery at a motel led police to the man, charging documents state.

Charles Edward Rice Jr., 40, of 1024 Spruce St., is accused of using a gun in the robbery of a clerk Feb. 7 at Super 8 Motel on Blake Road in Hagerstown, and pawning a ring he is accused of stealing from his girlfriend, the documents state. He also is accused of stealing the woman's car Feb. 6, and is accused of pawning tools reported stolen, the documents state.

Rice was in jail Wednesday, a Washington County Detention Center deputy said.

A black jacket containing a wallet with Rice's information was found Feb. 7 by a Washington County public works driver. The hotel clerk told police the jacket was the same as the jacket worn by the man who robbed him, charging documents state.

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Among the charges Rice faces are second-degree assault, armed robbery and multiple counts of theft, according to court records.

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