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Two charged in Fri. morning robbery of Martinsburg convenience store

June 21, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two men have been charged in connection with a robbery of a Winchester Avenue convenience store early Friday morning, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Robert Matthew Johnson and David A. Whittington, both 24, were taken into custody after the robbery of the 7-Eleven at 201 Winchester Ave., where Johnson brandished a knife and told a store employee to “give him all the money and all the cartons of cigarettes” just before 4 a.m., police Detective J.D. Luciano said in a news release.

The employee told police the robber was wearing a green shirt across his face and a white T-shirt, the release said.

Officers viewed surveillance video and gave a description of the robber to other officers, police said.

Johnson was found walking along railroad tracks behind the store and could not provide a clear answer as to why he was there, police said.

A K-9 team was summoned. While the area was being searched, Whittington came out of the bushes, where officers found several packs of cigarettes and three shirts, the release said.

Two of the shirts matched what the robber was wearing on his body and around his face, police alleged.

Johnson, of 6940 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, was charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, the release said.

Whittington, of 72 Whittington Lane, Gerrardstown, W.Va., was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, the release said.

Both men were being held in Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg on Friday afternoon, a jail official said.

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