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Woman charged in tobacco store robbery remains in jail

July 06, 2010
  • Heather Michelle Wilt
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. --A Jefferson County, W.Va., woman accused of robbing the 340 Tobacco Outlet in Clarke County, Va., Thursday was caught by police in Jefferson County, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Victor Lupis said.

Heather Michelle Wilt, 28, was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of bringing stolen property into West Virginia from another state and on a fugitive from justice warrant charging her with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a robbery in Clarke County, Va., Lupis said.

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that they were notified at 12:18 p.m. of a robbery at the 340 Cigarette Outlet at 3355 Lord Fairfax Highway in Berryville, Va.

The clerk told deputies that a white female with blond hair wearing a gray sweat shirt had robbed the store and used a handgun in the process. The clerk said the woman left the scene in a red car heading north on Lord Fairfax Highway.

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Lupis said he was dispatched at 12:24 p.m. to be on the lookout for the suspect's vehicle. Police found Wilt minutes later in a mobile home along Chapman Court off Lewisville Road near Rippon, W.Va.

Police noticed a bulge in the defendant's jeans, which was determined to have been caused by large amount of cash that was believed to have been taken from the business, Lupis said.

Wilt was found with $690 in cash, Lupis said.

Wilt was being held Monday night in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond and a $2,500 bond, which was set by Magistrate Mary Paul Rissler, according to Lupis and jail records.

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