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Police briefs

March 08, 2008

Images of robbery suspects released

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Police Department on Friday released images of suspects in the armed robbery of a 60-year-old woman Tuesday at Wal-Mart at 800 Foxcroft Ave.

Investigators determined the victim's personal checks were used at Wal-Mart stores in Hagerstown and Charles Town, W.Va., police said.

A white female used a black pistol to rob the victim, police said.

The individual who presented the victim's checks at the other Wal-Mart stores also presented the woman's identification to complete the transaction, and the transaction in Hagerstown happened the same day as the robbery, police said Friday.

Hagerstown store officials provided Martinsburg police with video surveillance photographs, and police said the suspects are both white.

The female suspect had a ponytail and was wearing dark sweat pants with white stripes and a white top. The male was wearing a dark sweat shirt and dark cap, police said. Authorities also released photographs of their vehicle.

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Anyone who can identify the suspects may call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100. The photographs will be available for viewing at the Martinsburg Police Department's Web site at www.martinsburgpd.org.

Man arraigned in dog shootings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters, W.Va., man was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court for allegedly shooting at two dogs in December 2007, killing one of the animals, according to court records.

Bruce Aaron Poole, of 45 Wisconsin Drive, was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, two counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence and destruction of property on Dec. 8, 2007, according to court records.

Magistrate JoAnn Overington set an $8,100 bond for Poole.

According to a complaint filed with the court by Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy C.N. Farmer, the defendant said the dogs attacked him and his own dog before he fired his shotgun at the dogs owned by a neighbor.

One of the dogs, a black Akita/shepherd mix, was found dead and the other, a black Lab/shepherd mix, had wounds to his hind quarters, but was recovering from the incident, according to Farmer's complaint.

Farmer said he could not find any injuries on the defendant's leg that indicated the dog bit him as he had claimed.

Hearing waived in Christmas-gift thefts

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged in December 2007 with stealing stockings filled with Christmas gifts for children from The Salvation Army in Martinsburg waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magistrate JoAnn Overington on Friday.

Timothy Lynn (T.J.) Robinson Jr., 25, of 223 W. Martin St., was charged with second (felony) offense petit larceny by Martinsburg Police Department after a Salvation Army volunteer said the defendant had taken five stockings, according to court records.

Robinson went to The Salvation Army's office off Virginia Avenue in Martinsburg on Dec. 10, 2007, to apply to be a bell ringer and later admitted to taking three stockings, which police have said eventually were returned.

A Salvation Army volunteer told police that Robinson had taken five stockings, but in an interview with police, Robinson said he took only two and then changed his count to three, police said.

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