Man charged in two Martinsburg-area 7-Eleven robberies

February 21, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Tirrell Andre Morton
Tirrell Andre Morton

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of robbing two 7-Eleven convenience stores early Sunday was arrested within minutes after the second business was robbed, police said.

Tirrell Andre Morton was charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery after a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle that police say was used to commit the crime at 1754 Williamsport Pike north of Martinsburg, according to a news release.

Police said the suspect jumped the counter in the store at about 4:35 a.m., punched the clerk after buying a pack of cigarettes and grabbed money from the register before leaving the store, according to the news release.

Sonjia Marie Yancey, a passenger in the getaway vehicle with Morton, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery by Deputy Cory Welcome, who happened to be patrolling the area about the same time the robbery happened, according to the news release.

Morton was charged Monday morning with the robbery of the 7-Eleven in Martinsburg at 1015 N. Queen St., which was reported about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Martinsburg Police Department Lt. G.B. Swartwood said.


Morton, 36, was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Monday on $80,000 bond, according to jail records.

Yancey, 32, was being held on a $10,000 bond and a probation violation for an unrelated case, according to jail records.

While talking to the store clerks at the Williamsport Pike 7-Eleven, Welcome saw the suspect vehicle, a maroon Chrysler Sebring, drive past the business, according to the news release. The deputy pursued the vehicle on Williamsport Pike, stopping it south of Lights Addition after locating it near Mid-Atlantic Parkway, according to the news release.

Earlier at the Martinsburg store, a clerk told police that the suspect also jumped the counter there after buying a pack of Newport cigarettes, grabbed her and then took money from the register, according to the news release.

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