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Man sought in robbery of Hedgesville area restaurant

March 05, 2013

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Hedgesville area restaurant Monday afternoon.

The white male suspect was wearing a gray hoodie, jeans and a black or dark brown ball cap with a white front when he displayed a firearm and stole cash from California Dreams at 4502 Hedgesville Road, West Virginia State Police Sgt. J.D. Burkhart said Tuesday in a news release.

The hoodie might have had “Carolina” printed across the chest of the hoodie, police said.

The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money that he demanded before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction from the business, police said.

State Police Cpl. Z.L. Nine was told by a clerk that the male suspect used the bathroom in the club before he returned a short time later and told her to open the register. 

The clerk asked the suspect if he worked there and she was told no. Police said the suspect walked around to the opening at the end of the bar and then walked to the register with the clerk, police said. 

The clerk told police that she noticed the suspect was holding a gun in his hand and that he was holding it down, but raised it up a little so she could see it, according to the news release.

The clerk was not injured in the robbery, which was reported shortly after 3 p.m., police said.

Surveillance video footage revealed that the first vehicle to pass in front of the business, within a few seconds after the suspect left the building, was white and possibly a Buick sedan, police said.

The vehicle appeared to have rear-end damage and was traveling west toward Morgan County, police said.

Nine and Burkhart were joined at the scene by state police Sgt. K.E. Plumer, troopers N.K. Campbell and J.A. Padilla and Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the reported robbery may contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-267-0001 or at 304-267-0000.

— Matthew Umstead

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