County man is charged with robbing gas station


A Manchester man was arrested late Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery soon after a witness gave state police information about a suspect and a getaway car.

A man armed with a knife and wearing a black ski mask robbed the Hanover Country Crown station in the 200 block of Hanover Pike in Hampstead about 10 p.m., according to court documents.

A witness told troopers that the robber had run from the station to the back of an adjoining building and driven away in a brown Cavalier.

The witness followed the car south on Route 30, got the license number and called police.

Before midnight, a Manchester police officer saw a car matching the description on York Street and followed it to a house in the 3200 block of Chestnut St. Police said a ski mask and money bags belonging to the station were recovered from the car trunk.

After questioning, the man was charged in the Wednesday robbery and with robbing the same station in March, state police said.

William G. Kelch, 44, is charged on two counts each of armed robbery, robbery and theft, and four counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

Kelch was ordered held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster on $50,000 bail, court records showed.

No one was injured in either incident, state police said.

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