7-Eleven Armed Robber Connected to Other Thefts

- BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. – A Hedgesville man has been arrested in connection to the 7-Eleven armed robbery in Falling Waters Monday night, as well as two other robberies in Berkeley County. 

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office arrested Andrew Glenn Leonard, 31, and charged him with three counts of armed robbery. 

Deputies said Leonard's arrest was the result of a team effort between the Sheriff's Office and West Virginia State Police. 

The Sheriff's Office responded to the 7-Eleven armed robbery around 1 a.m. Tuesday. They said the only person in the convenience store at the time of the incident was the store clerk. According to police, the suspect went in to purchase cigarettes, but then pulled out a sharp object and demanded cash.

Deputies said Corporal Z. Nine heard the armed robbery call Monday and recognized the vehicle and suspect's description and thought it could be the same suspect from an incident that happened last year. 

"We looked at his case from last year my two cases from this year. The vehicle and suspect descriptions all matched. We then began looking for him," said Deputy William Christian with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. 

Cpl. Nine told the Sheriff's Office, then altered another Cpl. who was conducting patrol duty Tuesday morning in Hedgesville to keep an eye out for the suspect's green Ford Explorer. 

Later Tuesday morning, around 10:30 a.m., Leonard was stopped by West Virginia State Police on Bonine Drive in Hedgesville. Leonard was arrested after the Sheriff's Office confirmed he was connected to the 7-Eleven armed robbery. 

According to deputies, Leonard confessed to two other robberies while conducting interviews for the 7-Eleven armed robbery. 

The first robbery was reported on March 4, 2013 at a Hedgesville bar formerly called California Dreams on Hedgesville Road and Ben Spec Road. Leonard had asked for a beer. After the woman brought him the beer and had the register open, he displayed an air soft pistol that looked like a firearm, demanding money. He was able to escape with $858. 

The second incident happened on July 14, 2014 at the Motel 6 on Hammonds Mill Road near Spring Mills. Deputies said Leonard had asked about a room and then when the woman employee was helping him, he pulled out a knife and demanded cash. He was able to leave the scene with $497. 

The third and most recent robbery was Monday night, July 21 at the 7-Eleven in Falling Waters. He was able to escape with $61. 

Deputies tell WHAG they do not have a motive but that Leonard had a pattern. 

"He would ask  for an item from the establishment and at the point of paying for the item he would display a weapon and demand money from the person's working there," said Deputy Christian. "And it was always a female who was in the establishment by themselves."

And for Cpl. Nine this arrest brings closure to a case he started more than a year ago. 

"After a year and a half, you know people may trend to think that things have been forgotten or moved passed but its just a testament that sometimes things don't happen you know in a few days span sometimes it does take some time," said Cpl. Z Nine, West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg. 

No one was injured during these incidents. Leonard is currently being held at the Eastern Regional Jail. 

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