A Thurmont man was arrested in Pennsylvania on Saturday after allegedly robbing the Hampstead Jiffy Mart and Manchester Sheetz convenience stores in the morning, police said.
Jake Taliaffero Werlang, 26, was arrested by West Manheim Township Police and is being held in Pennsylvania on charges there, according to a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office media release.
At around 5:13 a.m. Saturday, according to the release, a man described by witnesses as a “white male, 6 feet tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and blue gloves” entered the Jiffy Mart at 1155 South Main St., pointed a handgun at the people working there and demanded cash. The man left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Jiffy Mart cash registers, police said.
Then, at around 5:45 a.m., according to the release, a man matching the same description per witnesses entered the Sheetz at 3281 Main St., displayed a handgun, demanded cash and again fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
In both cases, witnesses told police the man displayed a silver and black semi-automatic handgun, according to the release, with the slide described as the silver portion of the gun per witnesses.
Local and Pennsylvania police were told to be on the lookout for the suspect, according to the release.
“Shortly thereafter,” according to the release, West Manheim Township Police saw a “blue/green” Toyota Sienna minivan driving slowly by a convenience store in West Manheim Township and pulled up behind the vehicle.
The minivan then sped off, “committed several traffic violations,” according to the release, and the driver eventually left the vehicle to flee on foot, throwing down a handgun in the process.
Police caught the suspect, later determined to be Werlang, and found him to be wearing the clothes and blue gloves the Hampstead and Manchester suspect was described as wearing. He also was found to be in possession of a “large amount of cash,” and the handgun he discarded matched the description of the weapon used in the Carroll robberies, according to the release.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the Carroll robberies and will be applying for local charges against Werlang, according to the release.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.