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Boys charged in burglaries

July 24, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 17-year-old Gibson Town, W.Va., boy was charged Wednesday with a string of Jefferson County burglaries in which more than $30,000 worth of property was stolen, according to the county Sheriff's Department.

The boy was charged with 10 counts of burglary, the department said. A 17-year-old Charles Town, W.Va., boy also was charged in four of the burglaries, the department said.

The Gibson Town boy was sent to a juvenile detention center pending his court hearing, while the Charles Town boy was released to the custody of his parents, the department said.

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The burglaries began in June, Deputy Richard Jenkins said.

A wide range of items were stolen from the homes, including guns, money, jewelry, and compact disc stereos, Jenkins said.

Nan Furioso said her home was hit twice. She said she intends to work to form a citizens group to find ways to fight juvenile crime.

"It was terrifying," Furioso said.

Jenkins said neighbors described a vehicle and one of the offenders seen leaving the scene of one of the burglaries.

Interviews with other neighbors of the community, located just south of Charles Town, led to one boy becoming a suspect, Jenkins said.

Witnesses told investigators that stolen jewels were in the glove compartment of the boy's car, Jenkins said.

The boy was questioned on Saturday and agreed to have his car searched, Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he found more than $12,000 worth of jewelry in the glove compartment.

The boy also told deputies where he had sold some of the items, leading to their recovery, Jenkins said.

The Jefferson County sheriff's deputies worked with Berkeley County deputies to recover some of the stolen guns that ended up in Berkeley County, Jenkins said.

Obtaining money appears to be the motive of the burglaries, Jenkins said.

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