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Deputies investigating robbery of Berkeley Co. 7-11

August 08, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man who was detained Tuesday in Jefferson County might be charged in connection with a reported armed robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Berkeley County hours earlier, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The robber entered the store at Nadenbousch Lane and U.S. 11 shortly after 5 a.m., demanded money and passed a note to the clerk saying he had a gun, according to Sheriff's Department Sgt. W.A. Johnson.

The clerk opened the cash drawer and laid it on the counter, and the robber removed the cash and walked out of the store, leaving the employee unharmed, Johnson said.

According to witnesses and video footage captured by a store surveillance camera, the robber is 5 feet 10 inches tall and has tattoos.

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At the time of the robbery, the man was wearing white-and-black sneakers, tan shorts and a black T-shirt, according to police.

Johnson said the Sheriff's Department's K-9 lost the scent of the robber "just around the corner of the (store)" and deputies believe the man left in a car parked beside the building.

A short time after the robbery, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department alerted authorities in the area that they had received a complaint that a woman's boyfriend had taken her vehicle without her knowledge and was possibly intoxicated. The man had tattoos, police said.

After being told the boyfriend might be traveling to his mother's house in Berkeley County, Johnson said deputies went to the woman's home but didn't find him.

"However, when the (man's) mother was shown the surveillance photos she was able to confirm that it was her son," Johnson said.

Johnson said Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies learned that the man they were looking for was stopped by authorities in a traffic stop in Jefferson County.

According to police, the man failed to stop at a traffic sign and was arraigned on charges of petit larceny (2nd or subsequent offense), simple possession of marijuana, driving revoked for DUI and a stop sign violation, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records. His bond was set at $25,000 and he was booked at Eastern Regional Jail at 2:30 p.m., records show.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster Jr. said warrants had not been obtained from a magistrate for the individual they also believe to be the robber.

Staff writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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