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Armed robbery reported at W.Va. gas station/convenience store

January 22, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:44 p.m. Monday at the BP Gas Station/ROCS store on West King Street in Martinsburg.

A white male entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The man told the clerk that he would not hurt her if she gave him the money from the register. The clerk complied with the man's demands by giving him money. The man then left the store.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene within minutes and searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. Sgt. B.F. Hall of the criminal investigations division was called to the scene to assist with the case.

The man was described as being white, approximately 35-40 years old with a medium build, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was wearing a green camouflage jacket, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes/sneakers.

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He had short brown hair and some facial hair. One witness who was entering the store as the man left described him as possibly having a mole on his face.

That same witness also observed a blue car in the parking lot when he arrived at the store. That car was described as a dark blue early 1990 model GM sedan, possibly a Buick or Oldsmobile.

The gas station/store is at 1619 W. King Street in Martinsburg.

Investigators do not believe, at this time, that this robbery is related to the attempted robbery of the Inwood Shell/ROCS store early Monday morning.

Police ask anyone having information on this case to call 304- 267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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