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Man with knife tries to rob W.Va. gas station

January 22, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies were investigating an attempted armed robbery at approximately 3:30 a.m. Monday at the Shell Gas Station/ROCS store at 4701 Gerrardstown Road in Inwood, W.Va.

A man entered the store, showed a knife and demanded money from the clerk, police said. The clerk immediately hit an alarm panic button and went to the store office. The man then attempted to open the register, but he left the store after being unable to do so, police said in a news release.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and searched the area for the suspect, but were unable to find him, police said.

Deputies said the man was described as white, approximately 40 years old with a medium build and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweat shirt with the hood pulled tightly to partially conceal his face. He also had a red flannel jacket over the sweat shirt, police said.

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The clerk told deputies the man had a droopy or hanging eyelid over his right eye.

Sgt. B.F. Hall asks anyone with information on the case to call 304-267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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