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Charges expected in 'blanket bandit' robbery

By Staff reports

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- State Police expect to file charges soon against a man who wrapped himself up in a blanket to rob a grocery store in Chapmanville.

Trooper Marcus Broadwater of the Logan State Police detachment said a man burglarized Tomblin's Grocery on Crawley Road in Chapmanville. He said the man apparently got into the store from an apartment connected to the store.

Surveillance footage shows the man almost completely covered up by a comforter he apparently grabbed from the apartment in an attempt to conceal his identity. Visible on the footage, however, are what appear to be a home confinement bracelet on the suspect's right leg and several tattoos on his left arm, Broadwater said.

Broadwater said there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment or store, suggesting the suspect had a key. Taking the comforter suggests he knew the store had video cameras.

He said troopers have a pretty good idea who they're looking for in connection with the burglary. "We've been able to narrow it down pretty quick as far as a person of interest," he said.

Although the grocery store was burglarized on June 15, Broadwater said the storeowner was out of town and only got back over the weekend.

Broadwater said he expects to file charges soon against the suspect.


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