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Police Investigate Armed Robbery in Hagerstown

Officers with the Hagerstown Police Department are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a garage Thursday afternoon.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Officers with the Hagerstown Police Department are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a garage Thursday afternoon. 

They say it happened at a garage behind 55 E. Antietam Street around 1:30 Thursday afternoon. This garage is also just a couple blocks away from the new Washington County Public Library.

The victim told police a man approached him, showed a gun and demanded money. 

The man is described as a black in his 30's between 5'10" and 6' weighing about 200 to 210 lbs. He was last seen wearing a ball hat and a white coat with black horizontal and vertical stripes on the front. 

Residents in the area say they no longer park their cars in the garage area because thieves have gotten into their vehicles.

Sergeant Chris Barnett with the Hagerstown Police Department says the robbery appears to be an isolated incident, but it may play into another pattern they've seen in years past.

Police say robbery and burglary numbers go up this time of year, possibly because of the winter holidays.

"I just know in year's past here in Hagerstown, in November and December there has been an increase in robberies," says Sergeant Barnett.

Police say during the winter holidays, robberies usually happen at businesses, and the robbers are usually after money.

Anyone with information about the armed robbery at the garage is asked to call the Hagerstown Police Department (301)-790-3700.
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