A Hagerstown man charged with trying to hold up the same business twice in August armed with pepper spray was sentenced to five years in prison after entering guilty pleas Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to robbery and attempted robbery.
Christopher Donovan Heiberger, 27, of 11206A Marbern Road, was charged with robbing BoostMobile, 1201 Dual Highway on Aug. 14, and then unsuccessfully trying to hold the store up on Aug. 23, court records said.
On the evening of Aug. 14 a man came into the store with what appeared to be a T-shirt across his face and an object in his hand, charging document said.
“Miss, I’m going to need you to give me all your money,” the man told the employee, who initially believed the man was holding a gun, the charging document said.
The man took $917 in the robbery and surveillance video showed that the object in his hand appeared to be a can of pepper spray, the charging document said.
When the man came back to the store on Aug. 24, he demanded cash and tried to spray an employee, the charging document said.
This time the employee, a man, grabbed a machete and chased the man to the door, Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.
The employee was able to provide police with a partial license plate number and a description of the vehicle, Debes said.
The charging document said Heiberger was picked up at a pizza restaurant later on Aug. 23.
“I didn’t mean to scare anybody or hurt anybody,” Heiberger told Long. Heiberger also said he had a drug addiction.
“Drugs made me do something really, really stupid,” Heiberger said.