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Man gets head start after robbing Stafford hotel

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A man robbed a Stafford County hotel early Thursday and got nearly a 30-minute head start before the Sheriff’s Office was finally called, police said.

The robbery took place about 12:42 a.m. at the Wingate Inn at 20 Sanford Drive off U.S. 17 near Interstate 95, Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

The clerk told Deputy Jason Kreider that he was eating dinner in a back office when he saw a man approach the front counter.

When the clerk walked out and greeted the man, the man jumped over the counter and demanded money. The clerk gestured toward the cash drawer, and the man grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and stuffed it into his pockets, Kennedy said.

The robber, who did not display a weapon, then asked where the rest of the money was. The clerk told him there was no more, and the man jumped back over the counter and ran out the door toward the woods.

Kennedy said the Sheriff’s Office got a call about the robbery at 1:10 a.m. When asked why there was nearly a half-hour delay in reporting the incident, Kennedy said the clerk explained that he wasn’t sure what to do. He first called his manager and, after not getting a return call from her, finally called police.

The robber was described as a black male wearing a black mask that covered about half of his face. He was also wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored skinny jeans, gloves and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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