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Hagerstown man pleads guilty in two robbery cases

May 02, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- An 18-year-old Hagerstown man entered guilty pleas to separate robbery charges Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Harry Franklin Minnick, 18, of 21405 Mount Aetna Road in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to robbery for the Nov. 14, 2007, attempted armed robbery of the Taco Bell on Maugans Avenue.

He also pleaded guilty to robbery in an October 2007 incident at Byers Stop 'n Go on Burhans Boulevard.

The judge ordered a presentence investigation be conducted for Minnick, who will be sentenced when the report is completed.

Melissa Lynn Breeden, 19, of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft under $500 in the incident at Taco Bell.

On Nov. 14, 2007, troopers responded to an attempted armed robbery outside of the Taco Bell on Maugans Avenue.

Four people who claimed they had a gun approached employees and demanded the restaurant's "money bag," according to charging documents.

When the employees said they didn't have the bag, someone used a rock to assault the male employee. His wallet and the female employee's purse were taken, documents state.

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Some of the robbers also struck and kicked the male employee, who later needed six staples to close a head wound, police said.

At one point, a robber said he knew what time the money bag was taken out of the restaurant, mentioning an assistant manager by name, according to documents.

Breeden was sentenced Thursday to nine months in jail, all of it suspended, with credit for three days already served. She must also serve one year of supervised probation.

The victim in the Byers Stop 'n Go incident was assaulted and his wallet was stolen, according to the prosecutor. Other charges were dropped in exchange for Minnick's plea.

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