Police log

August 09, 1997

Guards charged in computer theft

Two security guards at Citicorp Credit Services at Citicorp Drive in Hagerstown were arrested Friday by Washington County Sheriff's deputies and charged with stealing computer equipment from the firm.

Cris Alan Newcomer, 26, of 115 W. 2nd St. in Waynesboro, Pa., and Tony Ray Foley, 24, of 9451 Sharpsburg Pike in Hagerstown, were arrested, deputies said.

Officers said Newcomer was charged with one count of felony theft and one count of scheming to steal items worth more than $300, while Foley was charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft, one count of felony theft, one count of scheming to steal, possession of fireworks without a permit and one count of illegal computer accessory theft.


Officers said a Washington County District Court commissioner released Newcomer pending trial. Foley was waiting for a bond hearing late Friday, they said.

Cpl. Roy L. Harsh said he was told on June 27 of possible internal theft of computers and equipment from Citicorp. The same day, $5,000 worth of laptop computers and other equipment was found in Newcomer's possession, he said.

On July 11, Foley's apartment was searched and more computer equipment and fireworks were found, Harsh said. He was arrested Thursday and charged with theft of fireworks, computer hardware and with copying Citicorp software, Harsh said.

Citicorp investigators Jerry Iannacci and Rick Ziolkowski helped in the investigation and recovery of stolen property, Harsh said.

$616 stolen from unlocked car

Someone took $616 worth of goods from an unlocked Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the driveway of a home in the 19000 block of Keedysville Road in Keedysville late Thursday or early Friday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Officers said thieves took a Sony portable CD player worth $150, and 24 assorted CDs worth $466.

The theft occurred between 10:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, officers said.

2 arrested, charged with drug offenses

A Hagerstown man and 17-year-old boy from Washington, D.C., were arrested on drug charges by Washington County sheriff's deputies Friday morning at Freddies Corner in the 18000 block of Oak Ridge Place in Hagerstown, police said.

Deputies said the juvenile and Curtis Antonio Haston, 25, of 316 Henry Ave., Hagerstown, were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The teen was being held at the juvenile detention center in Hagerstown, and Haston was expected to go before a Washington County District Court bond commissoner.

Deputies who went to Freddies after getting a call from employees said they saw the suspects try to hide a duffel bag under their table. The suspects denied owning the bag. Officers said they found 197 grams of suspected marijuana with a street value of about $1,500 inside the bag.

Officers said the juvenile was also carrying suspected marijuana.

Trooper, teen escape injury in 2-car crash

A Maryland State Police trooper and a Hagerstown teen escaped serious injury Friday morning in a two-car crash at the intersection of Md. 632 and West Oak Ridge Drive south of Hagerstown, police said.

Melissa Jean Ray, 18, of the 17000 block of College Road, was charged with failure to yield the right of way, officers said. Ray was driving a 1994 Saturn, they said.

Trooper Lewis F. Blenard III, 49, was treated at Washington County Hospital for a minor arm injury and released, officers said. Blenard was driving a marked cruiser, they said.

Investigating state police Cpl. Kevin W. Lewis said Ray was northbound on Md. 632 when she started to make a left turn onto West Oak Ridge and hit Blenard, who was southbound on Md. 632.

Blenard was on routine business and not using his lights or siren at the time of the accident, Lewis said. Both drivers had a green light, he said.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, and airbags in both cars deployed, Lewis said. There were no passengers in either car, he said.

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