Police log

February 14, 1997

Jewelry taken from mall store

HALFWAY - A jewelry store patron Thursday had a long conversation with a clerk about four diamond rings on display in the Valley Mall store before grabbing them and running away, the Maryland State Police said.

The man grabbed the rings, valued at $4,700, from O'Connell Jewelers and ran toward the south mall exit at about 12:30 p.m., police said. The store owner chased him, but lost sight of him in the parking lot, police said.

Washington County sheriff's deputies and state troopers unsuccessfully searched the area.

Police are searching for a white man 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a black or dark burgundy shirt with wide white stripes, blue jeans and black hightop sneakers.


Sharpsburg family members injured

BOONSBORO - Members of a Sharpsburg family was taken to the hospital Thursday after their Ford Escort collided with a car that was turning into a mini-mart parking lot of Old National Pike, according to Maryland State Police.

Donald Lee Smith, 50, of Dam No. 4 Road, his wife Virginia, 40, and their son, Kent, 13, were treated at Washington County Hospital. All three were still being assessed in the emergency room Thursday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

An eastbound 1991 white Ford Mustang turned left toward the Boonsboro Gas-Mart in front of the Escort at about 5:30 p.m., Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante said. The driver, Buffy Lei Anders, 21, of Elm Crest Avenue in Boonsboro, and her 4-year-old son Brandon, were not injured, Plante said.

Anders was cited for failure to yield right of way on a left turn, Plante said.

Car being warmed up is now hot

A woman who left her 1996 Oldsmobile warming up outside her home in the 800 block of West Washington Street Thursday morning found the car had been stolen.

The white car with a black bra had Md. tags XTR 276, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The Oldsmobile was stolen around 5:30 a.m., just minutes after police recovered a 1968 Rambler on Florida Avenue that had been stolen earlier this morning from the 800 block of Marshall Street.

That theft came as police were alerted to three white males in dark jackets who had been seen poking around vehicles in the 400 block of Clarendon Avenue, police said.

Motorcycle stolen

KNOXVILLE A blue 1980 Yamaha 175cc motorcycle was reported stolen from the basement of 1203 Brown Road late Wednesday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The cycle was last seen going north on Brown Road around 11:30 p.m., deputies said.

Man charged with carrying weapon

SMITHSBURG - A Hagerstown man was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle, according to Officer Shawn Tyler of the Smithsburg Police Department.

Russell Scott Ruckman, age unknown, of 67 E. North St., also was charged with driving while suspended, Tyler said.

Ruckman was stopped at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday near North Main Street for having no front tag, Tyler said. A search of his vehicle turned up a knife concealed between the driver's seat and door, he said.

Also found was a 13-inch cable in the passenger compartment, Tyler said.

Ruckman was released on personal recognizance.

Bracelet stolen from shopper

A shopper reported someone stole a $2,000 gold nugget bracelet off his wrist Wednesday night while he was shopping at The Bon-Ton, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

At least four cars hit by thieves

At least four cars were hit by thieves in the Bower Avenue area off Virginia Avenue, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

One car owner reported a loss of $4,000 including a laptop computer and a cellular telephone.

Gym bag stolen

A gym bag containing weights and some sports clothes was stolen Wednesday evening from a vehicle parked in the 17000 block of Red Oak Drive, Washington County sheriff's deputies said.

Fire damages W.Va. house

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A fire started in an upstairs bedroom of a house on Boyd Avenue Wednesday morning and then spread to a house next door, a fire official said.

The fire was contained in two rooms at the house at 320 Boyd Avenue, but was able to spread to the attic of the house next door, said Martinsburg Fire Capt. John Bigiarelli.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic of the second house, which is located at 322 Boyd Avenue, Bigiarelli said.

Officials are not sure what caused the blaze, which resulted in about $30,000 in damages to the two homes.

No one was injured in the 9:45 a.m. fire, Bigiarelli said.

The Herald-Mail Articles