West Virginia authorities pick up Lowe’s robbery suspects

Authorities in West Virginia on Tuesday picked up two suspects wanted in the Monday morning robbery of a Lowe’s store north of Winchester.

Jeremy A. Tasker, 27, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, and George S. Schoppert Jr., 26, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, were apprehended Tuesday and are being held in the Eastern Regional Detention Center awaiting their extradition to Virginia, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Capt. Aleck Beeman of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained arrest warrants for the suspects after developing leads in the case, the release states. Investigators identified Schoppert as the suspect in the robbery and Tasker as the driver of the vehicle they were last seen in as they traveled away from the store, the release states.

Deputies responded to the Lowe’s on Market Street off Martinsburg Pike around 11:30 a.m. for a reported robbery, an earlier release states. Authorities say a suspect, now identified as Schoppert, walked into the store and went to the power-tool section. Schoppert picked up a set of tools and walked past a cashier. The suspect pulled up his sweatshirt to show the handle of a pistol in the waistband of his pants, the release states. The suspect then told the cashier “I am leaving with this” as he left the store, according to the release.

Another Lowe’s employee saw the suspect walk to a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, with its rear door open, stopped at the front of the store, the release states. The employee approached the suspect and asked him for a receipt for the tools. The suspect pulled the pistol from his waistband, pointed it at the employee and said: “You’re not going to stop me.” The suspect jumped into the Jeep and they left the area. The employee described the firearm as a silver and black semi-automatic handgun. No one was injured during the incident.