Police log

June 06, 1997

Boy, 16, charged in burglary, theft

A 16-year-old Hagerstown boy was charged Wednesday with fourth-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft in connection with a May 24 incident in the 500 block of Reynolds Avenue.

Taken in the theft were some old coins and cash, much of which was recovered, according to Maryland State Police.

Trooper First Class Mike Kretzer's investigation indicates the teen and one other person first knocked on the front door of the home and then went around back, entering through an unlocked door.

Kretzer said another arrest is expected.

CD player, tools stolen in county

Two more thefts were reported to Washington County deputies on Wednesday.

A $160 Aiwa CD player was taken from a 1990 Volvo parked at the Howard Johnson at 1718 Underpass Way, deputies said.


At 901 Queen Anne's Court, the homeowner reported a shed was broken into Wednesday and hand tools, a tool box, a circular and a scroll saw were taken. Total loss was $150.

Items taken in city thefts

Hagerstown City Police have also been dealing with thefts from vehicles in recent days.

  • A stereo was taken from a car parked in the 300 block of West Howard Street Wednesday.
  • A window was broken but apparently nothing was taken from a car parked in the 900 block of Sweeney Drive.
  • The driver's window was broken on a 1995 Toyota parked in the 1700 block of Edgewood Hills Circle Wednesday.
  • A stereo and amplifer worth $1,000 were taken from a 1983 Chevrolet parked to the rear of 218 W. Wilson Boulevard.

2 remain in ICU after collision

QUINCY, Pa. - The drivers of a motorcycle and a car that collided head-on Wednesday on Tomstown Road in Quincy Township remain in the intensive care units at Waynesboro and Washington County Hospitals.

Pennsylvania State Police said Carl Monn, 83, of 9578 Tomstown Road, was traveling south on Tomstown Road when his 1978 Dodge Aspen collided with a 1982 Honda Goldwing motorcycle, ridden by Thomas Hackenberg Jr., 36.

The accident occurred near the entrance to Monn's driveway.

Monn was taken to Waynesboro Hospital where he is in the intensive care unit, a hospital spokesman said.

Hackenberg was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was listed in fair condition in the intensive care unit, according to a hospital spokesman.

Woman arrested on Gettysburg warrant

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman was taken into custody Wednesday on a warrant from Gettysburg, Pa. for an attempted homicide charge, according to Chambersburg Police.

Christine A. Kump, 31, of 135 Greenmeadow Lane, Chambersburg, was arrested at 12:07 p.m. at her home by Chambersburg and Gettysburg Police for allegedly trying to run over her ex-boyfriend with her car on South Washington Street in Gettysburg on April 15, according to Gettysburg Police.

Shoes stolen from store

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Someone stole about 16 pairs of Fila-brand athletic shoes at the Money Saver Discount store, 36 S. Main Street, on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said they believe the theft occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:28 a.m. Wednesday.

Senior citizens victims of scheme

Two Hagerstown senior citizens became victims of "home intrusion" crimes Thursday morning, Hagerstown City Police said.

In both cases, police said two men offered to perform home repairs and stole cash and items. Detective Wayne Shank would not identify the victims or say what was stolen.

Shank said he believes the crimes are related.

The first occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Ridge Avenue, Shank said. The second occurred at about 11 a.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue.

In both cases, a man spoke to the resident about possible home repairs while the another man stole items. No one was hurt in either case, he said.

"Usually in something like this, it doesn't get violent," Shank said.

Shank said a black vehicle was used in both crimes. In the first, it was described as a black sports car. In the Pennsylvania Avenue incident, it was described as small black van.

Descriptions of the men were similar in both cases.

The first man was described as being 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a stocky build, a moustache and short beard. He was described as having olive skin and dark hair.

The second man was described as being 6 feet tall with a medium build, olive skin and dark hair. He was clean-shaven.

Shank said both men spoke in broken English.

Shank said the scheme is common, especially during warm weather. He said opportunists select older people because they are more trusting.

"They're from the old school where you didn't have to lock doors," he said.

Shank warned people to be on guard whenever strangers offer to do work. He said people should call the police in those cases.

"Beware of strangers offering free repair work," he said. "If you didn't call them, they're not professionals. Don't let them in your house."

CB radio stolen from parked car

CHAMBERSBURG Pa. - A CB radio was stolen from a car parked along Pa. 30 in Guilford Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The theft occurred Wednesday night or Thursday morning, police said.

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