By DAVE McMILLION and C.J. LOVELACE
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9:56 PM EST, January 23, 2013
The AC&T gas station at 724 Frederick St. in Hagerstown, was robbed Wednesday night, the third reported robbery at the business in the last two weeks, according to a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman.
A white male with dark clothing, a mask and gloves entered the station and demanded money, Sgt. John Lehman said.
No weapon was displayed and the male left the station with an undisclosed amount of cash, Lehman said.
The man was last seen heading toward railroad tracks behind the store and a police dog “picked up something” to track, Lehman said.
A Maryland State Police helicopter also was helping to search the area.
The call came in at 8:26 p.m.
The same store was robbed two weeks ago when two males entered the store, demanded money and struck an employee in the leg with a large stick. Police were unable to locate the would-be robbers in that incident.
Another armed robbery was reported there this past Friday, when three men with knives took money from the cash register, according to police.
Lehman said “it’s hard to say” why the station is being targeted.
Saif Zaman, manager of the Frederick Street Liberty Gas station across the street from the AC&T, said he is worried about the robberies. Zaman said he knows most people who come into his station and they are friendly.
But Zaman said he watches anyone he doesn’t know because “you never know. This is too much,” Zaman said.
Zaman said he has at least two people working shifts at his station in an attempt to create a more secure work space.
Zaman said he has had the station about eight years and has never had a robbery.
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