Police log

May 20, 1997

Unlocked doors contribute to thefts

Unlocked doors contributed to two thefts over the weekend - one while the female resident was home alone and the other while the resident was working in her garden, Maryland State Police said.

On Sunday around 3 p.m., someone walked into a home in the 1100 block of Ashton Road in Clear Spring and stole a purse and some keys, valued at $10, police said.

The woman was in the house at the time, police said.

Her husband told police he was just pulling up to the house when he saw a black Ford pickup truck coming out of his driveway. The truck had W.Va. tags, police said.


In the other incident, someone walked into a home in the southern end of Washington County Friday while the homeowner was there working in her garden, police said.

The entire house was ransacked and a large amount of cash was stolen, police said.

Handgun stolen

A semi-automatic handgun was reported stolen Friday from a home in the 200 block of South Prospect Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

The weapon is a Davis Industries .380 calibre gun with a blued finish.

Va. cab stolen at knifepoint found

A cab - stolen at knifepoint from Winchester, Va., Saturday - was recovered in the 100 block of Baltimore Street Sunday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

No one was in or around the cab when it was found.

Police probe home robbery

CLEAR SPRING - Investigators Monday tried to figure out why a man on Funkhouser Road was the victim of a home-invasion robbery Sunday.

James Turner, 68, walked outside his house to show a truck he was selling when three men put a pillow-case on his head, dragged him back inside his house and stole his loaded gun, Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Pete Lazich, an investigator with the department, said Turner did not know the men. He appears to have been the victim of a random crime.

"To be honest, it seems weird that they picked him at random," Lazich said. "It's kind of spooky. What is the purpose?"

Lazich said the men took his loaded Remington 32-caliber semiautomatic pistol and ransacked his house. They left after finding nothing to steal, authorities said.

"They brandished it after the fact and then he realized, `Hey, that's my gun,'" Lazich said.

Lazich said deputies will produce a composite drawing of one of the men based on Turner's description.

After finding no money, the three men left Turner duck-taped to a chair and drove away in a black or dark-colored car with no front license plate, authorities said.

A neighbor heard Turner's screams and called the sheriff's department, Lazich said.

Man injured in fall

ROCKY RIDGE, Md. - A man who fell off a roof at 13812 Motters Station Road was flown to Washington County Hospital Monday night, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

The accident occurred at about 8:40 p.m., deputies said.

The man's name and condition were not available Monday night..

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