Police log

April 22, 1997

Shoplifter pulls knife, escapes

FREDERICK A shoplifter who produced a weapon Sunday evening fled the Hecht Store in the Francis Scott Key Mall with a bag full of Ralph Lauren polo shirts, Maryland State Police said.

Spotted taking the merchandise by security personnel, the man was approached at the door. Two other employees also came to help when the man pulled a hunting knife from his pocket, police said.

The robber then grabbed his shopping bag and fled the store, possibly meeting two other men in a gold-colored Toyota Camry.


All three men were black, police said.

The robber was in his 30's, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 190-200 pounds, dark complexion, unshaven. He was wearing a white Nike air sweatshirt, black sweat pants, black shoes and a blue baseball cap.

Weekend incidents reported to police

The following incidents have been reported over the weekend to the Hagerstown City Police:

  • Graffiti was spray painted on the ATM at Home Federal Savings Bank at 1700 Dual Highway.

Black paint was used, police said. There was no message.

  • Two tires were slashed on a 1965 Plymouth Valiant parked to the rear of 47 E. North Ave.
  • Four hubcaps were taken from a 1994 Toyota parked in the Good Humor Ice Cream parking lot in the 1100 block of Frederick Street.
  • Stereo equipment worth $1,060 was taken from a 1988 Ford Mustang parked at 1417 Kensington Drive.
  • A burglary and theft at Auto Electric Inc., 500 Maryland Ave., netted thieves three generators, valued at $2,850. A window was broken out on the east side of the warehouse.
  • A $250 Craftsman mower was stolen from 1025 Georgia Ave.

Man pleads guilty to gun charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Richard Mercy, 40, of Hedgesville, W.Va., pleaded guilty last week to illegal possession of a firearm before U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater.

Mercy, who is free pending sentencing, could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for the crime which was tried federally because it involved shipping a weapon in interstate commerce.

The Nov. 6, 1995, case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Matt White's jersey stolen

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Thieves made off with Waynesboro baseball player Matt White's high school jersey displayed in a glass case in Waynesboro High School and vandalized other parts of the building sometime over the weekend, according to Waynesboro Police.

Thieves broke the glass case to retrieve the baseball jersey and also damaged the faculty lounge by dumping flowers, silverware, coffee pots and other items on the floor, overturning furniture and spraying soda on the stereo, copier, computer and furniture, a police report said.

Several lockers were also found open but it is not known whether anything was taken, police said. Posters that were hanging in the halls were also torn down, police said.

Police estimate the incident occurred sometime between 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. It is unknown how the building was entered, police said.

Police probe string of burglaries

LIBERTYTOWN, Md. - Maryland State Police are investigating a rash of nighttime burglaries and thefts that have struck here since April 1.

A burglar has entered four homes at night when no one was home, police said. Among items that have been stolen include construction equipment, jewelry and cash, according to police.

Police believe the burglar might be from Libertytown or familiar with it. They also believe two white women might have been involved.

Police have compiled a description of a man believed to be responsible for the crimes from three eyewitnesses. He is described as a white man, 20 to 30 years old. He is described as tall, with a thin build, dark hair and several days of beard growth.

The beard is describe as possibly reddish-brown in color.

The man was seen during last week wearing light-colored clothing and possibly a hat, police said. The witnesses also said he looked "rough," police said.

Police have no description of the women, except that one is possibly in her 40s.

Anyone with information can call the Maryland State Police at Frederick at 301-663-3101.

Man uses pepper spray in robbery

FREDERICK, Md. - A man used pepper spray in a robbery attempt in a parking lot Monday night, the Frederick Police Department said.

The man walked up to the woman in the Weis Shopping Center on Prospect Boulevard at about 9 p.m. and demanded her purse, police said. The attacker sprayed her, grabbed the purse and then ran away, police said.

The woman was helped inside the store. She did not suffer serious injuries, police said.

Officers searched the area, but were not able to find the suspect, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-694-2100.

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