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Police Log

November 12, 1997

Police Log

Swimmer victim of theft at YMCA

George Rohrer got an unwelcome surprise Monday after a swim at the Hagerstown YMCA - someone broke into his locker, stole his watch and the keys to his Nissan truck.

But the Mercersburg, Pa., man's troubles were just beginning, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The thief apparently used those stolen keys to steal Rohrer's truck, which was parked in the Hagerstown city parking lot, police said.

Rohrer's luck changed early Tuesday - the truck turned up that morning on Bethel Street, police said. It was undamaged.

Report of abduction under investigation

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of an attempted abduction Monday afternoon involving a young girl at the Berkeley Plaza shopping center.

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According to Cpl. Richard Copenhaver, the incident took place between 4 and 4:30 p.m. at Aquariums Unlimited. The 9-year-old victim told deputies that a black male in his 30s tried to abduct her.

Copenhaver said the incident is under investigation and no other details were being released as of Tuesday evening.

City police respond to numerous calls

Hagerstown City Police were called on a number of incidents Monday.

* Graffiti was painted on the building at Duvinage on Maryland Avenue at Oak Ridge Drive over the weekend. Orange and black paint was used.

* Someone damaged one of the drive-up devices at Hagerstown Trust Company's branch at 830 W. Franklin St. Monday.

A metal object was apparently used to pry the device open, police said. Damage was $1,145.

* Someone broke into an apartment at 812 W. Washington St. and stolen a Sony play station and a sweatshirt, valued at $370.

The thieves got into Apt. 1 through a bathroom window on the second floor.

Pager/charger taken from fire station

MAUGANSVILLE - A pager/charger was stolen from the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. station over the weekend, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The $25 Motorola pager/charger was taken from the bunk house between Saturday night and Monday morning, deputies said.

The equipment belongs to a firefighter at the department, deputies said.

Anyone with information may call the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Store vandalized

A Hagerstown area store was vandalized overnight Sunday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

An ice machine, a Coke machine and two walls at Your Country Store at 17035 Fairview Road were spray-painted, deputies said. The incident occurred between 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 4:30 a.m. Monday, deputies said.

Anyone with information can call the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Man charged with drug possession

FREDERICK - Running a red light proved very costly for a Frederick man Monday, according to Frederick City Police.

The vehicle was seen going through a red light in the first block of South Market Street at 11:47 p.m. Monday.

A search of George Richard Ferguson turned up a large quantity of cocaine hidden in the back of the man's pants, police said.

The cocaine was valued at more than $1,000, police said.

Ferguson, 39, of 1302 Hillcrest Drive, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine, police said.

Vehicles broken into

FREDERICK - Four Dixie Electric Co. vehicles were broken into over the weekend, Maryland State Police said Monday.

Employees of the 6907 Baltimore National Pike business discovered the crimes at 6:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Numerous items were taken from the vehicles, including hammer drills, band saw combinations, cable cutters and knockout punches, as well as a large amount of smaller hand tools, police said.

Anyone with information can call the Maryland State Police at 301-663-3101.

Man charged with burglary, assault

A 26-year-old Boonsboro man was taken into custody early Monday after he allegedly broke into a home and assaulted the owner, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Steven Lee Jordan, of 7114 Sharpsburg Pike, was charged with fourth-degree burglary, second-degree assault and destruction of property.

At 1:37 a.m., deputies arrived at the home in the 17400 block of Fair Oaks Court where the residents said a man broke down the front door.

Jordan posted $5,000 bond Monday night.

Plywood, window stolen from site

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Sixty sheets of plywood and a bay window valued at $1,000 were reported stolen over the weekend from a construction site, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

The report said the building materials were stolen from a house under construction on Persimmon Court in the Laurel Ridge Development. The materials belonged to the builder, James M. Crites Jr. of Martinsburg, the report said.

The theft took place sometime between noon Friday and 8 a.m. Sunday, the report said.

3 charged with drug violations

Hagerstown City Police charged three men with drug violations in two separate incidents late Sunday and early Monday.

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