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Police seek armed robbery suspect

January 12, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police are looking for a man who appeared to be armed with a knife when he took an undisclosed amount of money from the ROCs convenience store in Marlowe, W.Va., early Sunday, West Virginia State Police said Monday morning.

The suspect was a white male about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a stocky build, according to a news release by 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt with a gray shirt over it, and black sneakers with a white strip on the side, Burnett said.

At 2:55 a.m., State Police Trooper M.C. Harper was dispatched to the convenience store and gas station near Exit 23 off Interstate 81 to investigate the incident, which was reported by the store cashier after she believed the man had left the business, according to Burnett.

The cashier told Harper that she was cleaning near the rear of the store when the man, wearing a black ski mask and gloves, entered the front entrance of the store and yelled for her to give him money, Burnett said.

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The woman said it appeared that the man was holding a knife and she went behind the counter to the cash register, removed the money drawer, put it on the counter and then laid on the floor until the robber left the store, Burnett said. The robber removed all of the money from the cash drawer and left the store through the front entrance. The man approached the store from the south end of the parking lot and then left in that direction, Burnett said.

State Police Sgt. K.W. Martin, along with Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies, canvassed the area for the man but were unable to find him, Burnett said.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact the West Virginia State Police anonymously at tips@wvstatepolice.com or may call Harper at the Martinsburg detachment at 304-267-0001.

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