Three Cumberland Armed Robberies Result in Burg Alert
In the early afternoon of Tuesday, March 29, Frostburg State University students received a crime alert from the Burg Alert network.
The alert requested the FSU students “remain vigilant” after three Cumberland convenience stores were victims of armed robbery within the course of a week.
The first robbery occurred on March 25, at 3:33 a.m. at the Pit & Go convenience store in Cumberland. According to the press release the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) distributed with the Burg Alert, the suspect is described as a “single black male suspect, armed with a small silver colored handgun.”
The next two robberies both occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, March 29.
Cumberland police first responded to a call at 1:18 a.m. to the 7-Eleven located on Maryland Avenue in Cumberland. Upon arrival at the location, police were informed that a single male suspect brandished a small silver handgun and demanded cash from the on-duty clerk.
After searching the location with K-9 assistance and failing to find any leads on the suspect, police left the scene.
At 2:02 a.m., the Allegany County Sherriff’s office responded to a Sheetz convenience store located in Corriganville for another reported armed robbery. Once again, upon arrival at the location, police were informed that a single male suspect brandished a small silver handgun and demanded cash from the on-duty clerk.
According to the press release: “Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) responded to both locations to assist in the investigation. Investigators interviewed witnesses and reviewed surveillance video from both locations. Review of the video revealed that the same suspect was responsible for both robberies.
The suspect is described as a black male, short with a stocky build. He was wearing a white long sleeve shirt with black sleeves, dark pants, and a blue bandana over his face in an attempt to hide his features. At 7-Eleven he was wearing sunglasses, but at Sheetz he was not. In both cases, the suspect produced a small silver colored handgun, possibly a revolver, from his waistband.”
All three robberies are believed to be related.
No additional information was known at press time, according to a C3I spokesperson.