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Man says he was robbed at gunpoint at Martinsburg-area home

September 16, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --An elderly man told police that he was robbed at gunpoint in the garage of his Martinsburg-area home Thursday afternoon, according to West Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. T.C. Kearns.

A black male wearing a ski mask entered the victim's open garage along Labonte Drive in the Opequon Meadows subdivision and pointed a handgun at the victim, demanding money, Kearns said in an email.

The victim handed the robber the cash from his wallet and the suspect left the property, according to Kearns.

The suspect, described as 6 feet tall and weighing about 220 pounds, was wearing a purple sweatsuit and white shoes, according to Kearns.

The victim's home is close to several other residences but no witnesses were found and troopers who responded to investigate were unable to locate a person matching the suspect's description, according to Kearns.

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The proximity of the reported robbery to three schools prompted school officials to declare a "modified" lock down of the campuses Thursday afternoon, Berkeley County Schools Communication Director Jaimee Borger said.

The police presence around the schools was increased and students were dismissed on schedule, Borger said.

Anyone with information about the reported robbery can contact State Police at 304-267-0001.

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