Surveillance photo leads to arrest in robbery, theft cases

January 10, 2012|By DON AINES |

HAGERSTOWN — A surveillance photo published in The Herald-Mail resulted in the arrest of a man suspected in an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery, according to charging documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Sean Eric Scott, 41, of no fixed address was charged with the robbery Saturday at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard and an attempted holdup on Friday at the 7-Eleven on Salem Ave., court records said.

Scott also is charged with a Dec. 27 theft, court records said.

Scott was being held Tuesday in the Washington County Detention Center on $1,007,500 bond on the three cases, the records said.

The 7-Eleven was robbed shortly before 3 a.m. on Jan. 6, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police. Two men, one of them with a handgun, entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk.

Police released a surveillance photograph that was published in the newspaper and was recognized by someone who knew Scott, the charging documents said.

That person had driven Scott and another man to an area near the 7-Eleven. Scott and the other man got out of the vehicle and returned a few minutes later, the documents said.

When the person asked what Scott and the other man did, Scott said: “You’ll read about it in the paper,” the documents said.

The Motel 6 holdup occurred just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 7 when a man approached the walk-up window, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the night clerk, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The clerk told the man to “calm down” then walked past the window into a back office and called 911, the charging documents said. A surveillance video showed two men approach the motel and one entering the building.

A person contacted a member of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force on Sunday, telling him he had seen a surveillance video photo “on the local news” and identified Scott from it, the documents said.

The informant told police that he saw Scott on Saturday, telling him he recognized him in the surveillance photo. Scott reportedly admitted to the man that he committed the robbery, the documents said.

Scott is also charged with stealing $200 and a cellphone from a Hagerstown man on Dec. 27, according to the Hagerstown police charging documents.

The man had given a person he knew only as “Sean” his credit card and PIN to buy more liquor, the documents said.

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