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Police log

September 18, 1997

County breaks record in drug cases

Washington County has broken a dubious record.

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force has surpassed last year's record number of drug cases, according to Charles Summers, the agency's director.

Drug agents have now investigated 198 cases, he said, up from 196 all of last year.

"It'll be another record year," Summers said.

Summers said agents have also detected that prices for crack cocaine have been dropping. Three years ago, it was difficult to find a drug dealer willing to sell rocks of crack for less than $40, he said.

Now, he said $20 rocks are available.

That is an indication that the supply of crack is rising in the county, Summers said.

"That's not a good sign," he said.

While marijuana, crack and powder cocaine are still the most commonly used drugs, Summers said he expects to see other drugs - namely LSD and heroin - on the horizon.

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And Summers added that agents are bracing for an increase in marijuana cases over the next few weeks as local growers begin to harvest the illegal crop.

Market robbers still at large

CLEAR SPRING - Two men broke into a store on Dam No. 5 Road early Tuesday morning, but they were chased by a tenant of the upstairs apartment, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies were called to Ernst Market at about 2 a.m., authorities said. Tenants in the apartment above the store heard a loud crash and saw two men coming out of a broken store window. They were carrying a trash bag filled with cigarette cartons and other items valued at $700.

One of the tenants confronted the men. They dropped the bag and pulled a knife and golf club on him but then ran west on Big Pool Road, deputies said.

A canine and a Maryland State Police helicopter searched the area but failed to locate the suspects, deputies said.

It is possible that they had a car waiting nearby, deputies said.

One of the suspects is described as a white male, 15 to 16 years old. He stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds, authorities said. He has short dark hair and was wearing a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Stolen jeep found damaged in city

A jeep was stolen overnight Monday and found damaged on Tuesday, authorities said.

The 1996 red Jeep Cherokee was stolen in front of a home on West Oak Ridge Drive near Hagerstown late Monday or early Tuesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The vehicle was later recovered off of Breathedsville Road north of Manor Church Road, deputies said. Its wheels and tires were gone and the vehicle was damaged, deputies said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Multiple thefts reported to police

Thefts of vehicles and thefts from vehicles were reported to police Monday and Tuesday:

* A 1996 red Jeep Cherokee was taken from 17911 W. Oak Ridge Drive Tuesday morning. The vehicle had Maryland tags 788 583M, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

* A 1988 cream-colored Ford Escort, Maryland tags SBB 285, was taken from Lee Street Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

The thieves cut a fence and drove the car through the hole.

* A 1991 Toyota Tercel with Maryland temporary tags was taken Monday from 11350 Pennsylvania Ave., deputies said.

* Stereos, flashlights, a camera, radar detectors and tools, totaling thousands of dollars, were also stolen from vehicles in the city, Hagerstown City Police said.

Locations of thefts included:

* 100 E. Wilson Boulevard, two cars at 200 S. Mulberry St., 700 S. Potomac St., 49 Summit Ave., 757 Dual Highway at the House of Kobe construction site, and Randolph Avenue.

* A disabled 1993 Ford MPV parked along northbound Interstate 81 near Halfway Boulevard was damaged Sunday when someone threw a brick through the rear window, according to Maryland State Police.

* A $400 stereo was taken Sunday from a vehicle parked at 21854 White Oak Road, according to Maryland State Police.

* Hit Monday were vehicles parked at 300 W. Main St., Sharpsburg; 11836 Crystal Fall Road; 24 and 26 S. Main St., Keedysville; and Sharrett's at 10312 Auto Place.

Deputies also responded Monday to a report of tools stolen from a basement at 17229 W. Washington St. and theft of a $60 cell phone from Valley Mall.

Tools, equipment stolen from trailer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Approximately $7,300 worth of tools and equipment were reported stolen over the weekend from a construction trailer on Welltown Road.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, the trailer had been moved to the construction site on Saturday and the theft was reported at 7:10 a.m. Monday. Stolen were a generator, a concrete saw, a waterline tap testing machine, a manhole over testing machine and hand tools, the report said.

The trailer and equipment are owned by Panhandle Builders of Martinsburg, according to the report.

City man charged with sex offense

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