Man accused of attempted robbery

A Beverly man who unsuccessfully tried to rob a Marietta Speedway Wednesday night by pretending his finger was a gun was arrested early Thursday morning.

Chadwick L. Smearman, 32, was arrested after police identified him from video footage taken at the 433 Second St. store.

Smearman had previously been caught on camera stealing thousands of dollars of cigarettes from the store.

He was set to appear for a Jan. 23 trial on the resulting fifth-degree felony count of theft, but never showed up, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

“They issued a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear,” said Erb.

Wednesday night Smearman entered Speedway and browsed the store for a couple of minutes before approaching the clerk with his hand in his hoodie pocket, according to a report from the Marietta Police Department.

“The suspect then demanded that the clerk give him all the money in the cash register drawer,” said the report.

The clerk could see Smearman’s thumb and questioned if Smearman was serious. Smearman repeated his demand for money.

At that time, another employee entered the store. Smearman stopped pretending his hand was a gun, told the employees he had not tried to rob them because he had pending warrants, and left the store, according to the report.

Police identified Smearman through video footage and by speaking with a witness.

Following a tip, officers located Smearman at 100 Linwood Ave. and arrested him without incident.

He wore the same clothes as the suspect in the video footage at Speedway, officers noted.

Smearman was charged with attempted aggravated robbery, a second-degree felony. He was also arrested on a Marietta Municipal Court warrant for driving under suspension and on warrants for failure to appear and theft.