Police log

October 15, 1997

Man who lost his pants tells police he was robbed

A Hagerstown man - dressed only in his underwear and shoes - told police early this morning of being accosted at a bar, forced to drive to a Mulberry Street house and robbed of his money and clothes.

The incident began at 1:58 a.m. when the victim told police he was approached by a ski-masked man as he left a bar at the corner of Franklin and Walnut streets.

Capt. Robert Hart said the police report indicated the man was told to get into his car by the masked man while another man got in the backseat.


"The masked man told him to drive to Mulberry Street and produced a knife when he refused at first,'' Hart said.

When they got to a house on Mulberry Street, the man was told to go inside where a third man appeared, police said.

The men ripped off the victim's shirt and then took his pants, police said. They fled - with the victim's shirt, pants, wallet and $150 in cash.

The victim then drove home, told his son what happened and called police, Hart said.

"He had a bruise on his arm but was otherwise unhurt,'' Hart said.

As for the three men, the victim said one of the suspects was a white male, but he was unsure about the others.

Siding stolen from building site

White siding, valued at $538, was taken from a home under construction Tuesday at 20648 Woodbridge Drive, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

In other theft investigations Tuesday, deputies responded to Milestone Garden Apartments for a report of a $340 stereo stolen from a vehicle.

At Family Skating Center, 17333 Virginia Ave., a woman reported the theft of a $100 cellular telephone from her vehicle Tuesday.

Pedestrian struck

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center Wednesday after he was struck by a pickup truck, Maryland State Police said.

According to police, a 1987 Chevrolet pickup struck Robert Christopher Tansey, 40, of Maxwell Avenue, who was standing in the travel portion of the turn lane on Md. 85 near Guilford Road. The vehicle was driven by Richard Bruce Ashenfelter Sr., 69, of Frederick, police said.

The accident occurred at about 8:35 p.m.

An injured pedestrian whose identity was unknown at press time was in critical condition Wednesday night at the shock trauma center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

1 hurt in ATV wreck

GLENGARY, W.Va. - A motorcyclist was taken by helicopter to Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., following a Wednesday evening accident at a motocross course off Buck Hill Road.

Berkeley County Central Dispatch said the call came in at 6:33 p.m. for an unconscious person involved in an ATV accident. The Berkeley County Ambulance Authority responded to the accident and the Back Creek Volunteer Fire Co. went to the scene to assist with the Medevac helicopter landing.

An ambulance squad member said he could not release the name of the victim. Fairfax Hospital had not released any information about the person as of late Wednesday night.

2 charged with breaking, entering

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg men were charged by city police Wednesday with felony breaking and entering and concealment of stolen property for a Sept. 30 break-in at a legal office.

The report said Craddie S. Butler, 37, of 311 N. Maple St. Apt. 5, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday morning. Randell S. Spears, 26, of Martinsburg, was already in jail on a felony shoplifting charge.

Butler's bail was set at $10,000 and Spears at $20,000, police said.

The two allegedly broke into the Martin and Seibert law office at 217 W. Burke Street. Detective Kevin Miller said the two stole a copier, telephones and other office equipment. They were stopped for a traffic violation the same day and most of the stolen goods were recovered.

Juvenile charged with arson, larceny

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday morning on several felony and misdemeanor charges after his parents brought him to the Martinsburg City Police Department.

The unidentified juvenile was charged with three counts of arson, 10 counts of destruction of property and one count each of grand larceny, petit larceny and destruction of property.

Detective George Swartwood said the boy committed the crimes in the city's south end during the past two to three months. He allegedly set fire to a cement truck, a dumpster and an outbuilding at a bed and breakfast in town. Swartwood said the truck was heavily damaged.

He also reportedly stole a vehicle, spray-painted 10 vehicles and destroyed property in a store.

Swartwood said the youth was released to the custody of his parents because there was no detention space available. He is awaiting further judicial proceedings.

Store burglarized

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An unidentified male made off with $65 in cash Tuesday night after robbing the Blue Chip Mini Mart along U.S. 30 at Ragged Edge Road in Guilford Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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