Gas station robbed at gunpoint in Hagerstown's West End

January 05, 2012|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |
  • This image from a surveillance video provided by the Hagerstown Police Department shows a robbery in progress at Wayne's Country Store in Hagerstown on Thursday night.
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Hagerstown police Thursday night were searching for two men who robbed Wayne’s Country Store at gunpoint.

Just before 7 p.m., two males entered the store at the Liberty gas station on the corner of West Washington Street and Nottingham Road and demanded cash, Hagerstown police Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd said.

One of the men was brandishing a handgun, Hurd said.

A lone female employee was working at the time of the robbery. She did what the men asked, giving them an undisclosed amount of money, he said.

The men were described as tall, young and wearing dark clothing. The victim believed the men could have been wearing masks over half of their faces, Hurd said.

After taking the money, the men were believed to have fled northbound on Nottingham Road, he said.

A bloodhound arrived on the scene around 7:30 p.m. and took off shortly afterward along Nottingham Road to track the men.

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, as well as troopers from Maryland State Police, were assisting city police in the investigation, Hurd said.

Police were also reviewing security footage of the incident for more information, he said.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects can contact the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700, he said.

In December, city police investigated two armed robberies of the United Petroleum gas station on Pennsylvania Avenue.

But Hurd said Thursday evening’s robbery was likely isolated and not related to the United Petroleum incidents, which had recently been closed.

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