Gunman robs Dick's Market in Hagerstown

October 17, 2009

The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened Saturday afternoon at Dick's Market, Sgt. John Lehman said in a press release.

The robbery happened about 3:20 p.m. at the market at 895 Salem Ave., Lehman said.

A man entered the store with a handgun, demanding money, and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register, then fled, Lehman said.

No one was injured during the incident, he said.

The robber was described as a tall black man with a slender build, wearing a blue and gray sweat suit and a blue ski mask, Lehman said.

With the assistance of Maryland State Police, a K-9 track was conducted that led to the 500 block of West Franklin Street, but no suspect was found, Lehman said.


Police are reviewing video surveillance from the scene and the area, he said.

Dick's Market has been the target of other criminal incidents in the past, including a break-in in 2003. Its owner, Richard James Johnston, was beaten and robbed on his way to work in May 2008 and suffered a broken jaw, broken nose and cuts to his face that required stitches and a short stay in the hospital, The Herald-Mail reported then.

Anyone with information on Saturday's robbery may call the Hagerstown Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700.

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