Early-Morning Robbery Reported at Wheeling 7-11
WHEELING – A man wearing a surgical mask robbed the 7-11 in downtown Wheeling early Tuesday morning, which is located a block from the city’s police department headquarters.
A release from the Wheeling Police Department indicates that about 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the 7-11 in the 1400 block of Market Street for a report of a possible armed robbery.
According to employees inside, a black male was briefly shopping inside the store when he approached the counter, demanded money, and robbed them. The suspect appeared to have a weapon inside his jacket but did not display one, according to the release.
Employees told police the man was wearing a black beanie, a black puffy jacket, light in color blue jeans and a surgical mask. He then left the store walking north towards 14th & Market Streets.
The robbery occurs following a spate of property destruction in the southern end of downtown over the past few months. Police earlier in December did arrest a man who allegedly had been tagging buildings in that area with spray paint.
Should the public have any information on the 7-11 robbery, they can call Wheeling police at 304-234-3664, submit a crime tip at wheelingwv.gov/crimetip or call the new Crime Stoppers Upper Ohio Valley tip line at 877-TIPS4US.