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W.Va. man charged in 7-Eleven robbery caught Thursday

August 17, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man charged in the Aug. 7 robbery of a 7-Eleven off U.S. 11 in Berkeley County was arrested Thursday morning in Jefferson County, magistrate court records show.

Robert Lloyd Mozingo, 34, of 64 White Tale Lane, was arraigned by Jefferson County Magistrate Gail Boober. He was charged with robbery in a warrant issued the day after the robbery.

She set a $250,000 bond after Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Deputy J.C. Tennant served Mozingo with the outstanding warrant while the accused was at magistrate court Thursday for an unrelated case, officials confirmed.

Hours after the robbery at the store off U.S. 11 and Nadenbousch Lane, Mozingo was arrested on unrelated charges, but he posted bail and was released from Eastern Regional Jail before a warrant signed Aug. 8 by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller was executed, according to court and jail records.

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In an affidavit, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Sgt. W.A. Johnson said the robber handed the clerk a note that stated "this is a robbery I've killed two people tonight so don't make it a third! I have a gun and I'll use it."

Johnson said police later determined that a piece of paper found inside the apparent getaway vehicle used in the robbery matched the "torn" paper used for the robbery note.

The store clerk told police shortly after 5 a.m. that she opened the cash drawer and laid it on the counter. The suspect removed the cash and walked out of the store, leaving the employee unharmed, Johnson had said.

About four hours after the robbery was reported, police said a Pontiac Sunfire that Mozingo was driving was stopped by Ranson Police Department Sgt. Todd Lutman, who was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Deputy Steven Holz. Lutman stopped the vehicle after it allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and later determined Mozingo didn't have a valid driver's license, police had said.

According to Lutman and Holz, Mozingo failed to stop at a traffic sign and was later arraigned on charges of petit larceny (2nd or subsequent offense), simple possession of marijuana, driving revoked for DUI and stop sign violation, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Johnson alleged in his affidavit that Mozingo's tattoos and the clothing he was wearing at the time of the arrest matched the 7-Eleven store's surveillance video footage. The Pontiac Sunfire apparently used in the robbery was Mozingo's girlfriend's car, which she reported to police was taken the morning of the robbery without her knowledge, according to court records.

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