Police looking for Family Dollar robber

September 18, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS


Hagerstown Police on Tuesday were searching for a man who showed a handgun and took money from the cash register at the Family Dollar store at 591 Dual Highway.

Detectives believe the same man is responsible for robberies at an area Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut, Lt. Mike King of the Hagerstown Police Department said Tuesday.

The man involved in Tuesday's robbery was described as black, of unknown height and weight, wearing a puffy black coat with gray trim and dark denim jeans, police said in a news release.


Police rereleased a photograph from surveillance video that captured the Dunkin' Donuts armed robbery, and more surveillance video might be forthcoming, King said.

At about noon Tuesday, a man entered the Family Dollar store, showed a handgun and ordered employees to the floor, police alleged in a news release.

"My particular concern is he has now gone from nighttime to daytime," King said. The robber is becoming bolder, and armed in quite populated areas, so police are concerned, King said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was investigating a Sept. 13 armed robbery at Dunkin' Donuts on Dual Highway in which the robber showed a handgun and forced two employees to open two cash registers, Sgt. Roy Harsh of the sheriff's department said.

Late Saturday, a man wearing a "Jason-style" mask and wig with dreadlocks entered the Pizza Hut at 1396 Dual Highway and walked to the front cash register with a handgun, the sheriff's department said. The robber pointed the gun at some employees and a customer, took some money from the cash register and ran on foot toward Mount Aetna Road, police said.

The physical description of the robber in all three incidents is similar, King said.

The man is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing 250 to 260 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information may call Detective Tammy Jurado at 301-573-7612. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the suspect.

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