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Pa. man charged in two robberies

April 15, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A St. Thomas, Pa., man on Wednesday evening was in Eastern Regional Jail on charges stemming from the robbery of two businesses and the attempted robbery of a third during a six-hour span Tuesday, according to court records.

Troy David Vosburg, 37, of 1827 Community Center Road, was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, one count of first-degree attempted robbery and providing false information to state police.

He was arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set a $155,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

Vosburg was taken into custody early Wednesday after eluding police in a vehicle pursuit Tuesday night and then in a chase on foot, according to West Virginia State Police.

Steven Collier, no address given, who was wanted by U.S. marshals for a probation violation, also was taken into custody with Vosburg, police said.

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No one was injured in the incidents at the 7-Eleven in Marlowe, W.Va., the Bedington Crossroads Convenience Store or The Natural Food Store, according to West Virginia State Police First Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

At the 7-Eleven, the man waited until the store at 8949 Williamsport Pike was empty, then approached the clerk about 1:35 p.m., Burnett said.

The suspect told the clerk to give him all the store's money and placed his hand in his jacket to indicate he had a weapon, Burnett said.

The robber then said he had a gun and to hand over all the money, prompting the clerk to give him an undisclosed amount of money in the register, Burnett said.

The suspect then left the store on foot, running north and around the back of the store.

After responding to the reported armed robbery, West Virginia State Police at the Martinsburg station learned that an attempted armed robbery happened about 1:15 p.m. at Bedington Crossroads Convenience Store at 408 Williamsport Pike, Burnett said.

Through a review of video surveillance, police determined the same man also was involved in the 7-Eleven robbery, but did not get any money at the Bedington store. The stores are about nine miles apart.

State Police Sgt. K.W. Martin said the same suspect was believed to have robbed the Natural Food Store at 30 Monroe St. at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspect waited until the store was ready to close and told an employee that he had a gun under his shirt, Martin said. The store clerk and store owner told police the man made off with $580, according to court records.

Police were able to get a description of the vehicle the man was driving -- a green Jeep Wrangler with a tan top -- and Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Wolfe found it on Berkeley Station Road off U.S. 11, police said. A chase ensued to U.S. 11 and then north to Virgil Lane, where the suspect led police on a foot chase. The suspect got away after he ran west across Interstate 81 into a wooded area off Weaver Lane, police said. A K-9-assisted search was unsuccessful.

About 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, troopers received a tip the suspect traveled by cab to a bridge in the Bedington area to meet a friend, according to a complaint filed by Trooper D.S. See, who investigated the information.

See said in his complaint that after checking several bridges, he found a blue Ford Explorer stopped at a bridge near the new sewer plant on Scrabble Road. He later stopped it at Bedington Road and Williamsport Pike.

The rear passenger, later identified as Vosburg, provided troopers with a false name, according to See's complaint. Vosburg was placed under arrest for providing false information, and police said he later confessed to robberies and an attempted robbery, according to a complaint filed by Trooper See in magistrate court.

Vosburg told Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh in an interview at the Martinsburg detachment that he took about $60 from the healthy lifestyle business, according to See's complaint.

See also identified Collier as the front-seat passenger.

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