Two Elkins area businesses were robbed at gunpoint by an unidentified white male sometime late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, law enforcement officials report, and the suspect remains on the loose.
West Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. Wilson said he believes the same person held up both Papa John's along Davis Avenue in the city and Par Mar along U.S. 33 East.
Wilson said the suspect was wearing a black Carhartt jacket, gray sweatpants and a black bandanna covering his face when he entered Par Mar around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Wilson said the suspect was wielding a small silver revolver when the man demanded money from the store clerk. He fled the scene with $301, police report.
Wilson said he believes the same person also attempted to rob Papa John's earlier in the night. The Elkins Police Department responded to a robbery call at the pizzeria at approximately 10 p.m. Reports there indicate the suspect was armed with a nickel-plated handgun. However, this robbery attempt was unsuccessful, and the man left without any money from the business.
Elkins Police Chief H.R. White said no further information was available as of presstime late Sunday.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-637-0200 or the Elkins Police Department at 304-636-0678.
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