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Authorities investigating armed robberies

Oct. 30, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington police and the Wayne County detachment of the West Virginia State Police are investigating a couple of armed robberies that occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the Westmoreland area.

A man who claimed to have a handgun attempted to rob Sam's Hot Dogs at 4450 Piedmont Road and then went over to the Rich Oil Station at 4969 Waverly Road and successfully made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

He was described as a tall, thin-built white man with short black hair, said Sgt. Michael DiVita of the West Virginia State Police.

Cpl. Cass McMillian of the Huntington Police Department said the man entered Sam's Hot Dogs, made his way to the counter and made mention that he had a gun but did not produce it. He demanded money from the cashier, but the cashier did not give it to him.

"He asked the cashier, 'Aren't you scared?'" McMillian reported. "The cashier said, 'No,' so he just turned around and left."

Law enforcement officials have surveillance video of the robbery at Rich Oil, in which the man did make off with some money and then fled on foot, DiVita said.

HPD's K-9 unit was brought in to try to track the man.

"He left on foot and probably went to a vehicle," DiVita said. "We're not sure."

Anyone with information can contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-272-5131, or the Huntington Police Department at 304-696-4420.

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