Frederick County Sheriff’s Office investigating armed robbery

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Lowe’s on Market Street in Stephenson at 11:34 a.m. Monday.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that a man walked into the store, went to the power tool section, picked up a DeWalt 4 tool combo cordless set of tools and started to leave the store. He pulled up his sweatshirt to show the cashier the handle of a pistol.

“I am leaving with this,” he was reported to have said, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The robber allegedly threatened another Lowe’s employee who was in front of the store and saw the man walk to a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had been sitting with the rear door open in front of the store. There was a driver and a passenger in the front of the Jeep, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The man pulled his gun and pointed it at the second employee who had asked to see the receipt for the power tools, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“You’re not going to stop me,” the man said.

The vehicle they were in is a 1999 black Jeep Grand Cherokee with West Virginia license plate of 41U-641 which comes back to a Kearneysville, West Virginia, address, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The robber was described as in his mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build and was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

It is unknown whether the group jumped on any interstate or in what direction they were headed, said Capt. Aleck Beeman.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, he said.

Anyone in the area who sees the vehicle should call the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 540-662-6162 or 911 if it is an emergency. Anyone who is outside of the jurisdiction, such as in West Virginia, should call the local authorities if they spot the vehicle, he said.

The West Virginia State Police are searching for the vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to get video from the store.

Beeman said armed robberies are unusual in the county and this was the first of 2018. There was an armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store last month, he said.