MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Berkeley County men were charged with a daylight burglary Tuesday after a neighbor witnessed the crime and called police.
State police said the burglary occurred between 9 and 10 a.m. at a home on Nadenbousch Lane. A neighbor saw the suspects pull into the residents' driveway and watched as one stood outside and the other went inside, said Sgt. Rob Blair. When both went in the house, the neighbor called police.
The suspects left the home and were driving toward Inwood, W.Va., when police stopped them.
Police recovered the stolen property.
Police had not released the names of the two on Tuesday because the investigation was continuing, said Senior Trooper John Droppleman.
Kerosene causes basement blaze
Vapors from an open container of kerosene placed beside a lighted kerosene heater ignited, causing a fire that spread through the basement of a home on North Prospect Street Monday night, according to officials at the Hagerstown Fire Department.
Flames were visible from the basement window and smoke was pouring from the right side of the two-story brown-and-white duplex at 615 and 613 N. Prospect St. when firefighters arrived just after 7:30 p.m., said Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Horn.
The families on both sides of the duplex had left the home by the time firefighters arrived and there were no injuries, Horn said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in about five minutes, he said.
The first and second floors on the right side of the duplex sustained heavy smoke and heat damage and the left side sustained some smoke damage, Horn said.
Estimated damage was between $10,000 and $15,000, he said.
Electricity was disconnected from the right side of the duplex and the family who lives there was making plans to stay somewhere else for the night, Horn said.
$500 dog stolen
A small, black dog, described as a Belgian Schipperke worth $500, was stolen Monday from 1044 Brinker Drive, according to Hagerstown City Police.
"Moula" was on a leash outside the residence briefly Monday, police said. When the owner went to get the dog, he was gone.
The short-haired male dog is 6 months old and has a fox-like head, erect ears and no tail. He was wearing a pink collar.
Anyone with information about the dog can call police at 301-790-3700.
More counterfeit bills discovered
A Valley Mall merchant Monday became the third to discover counterfeit $20 bills, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
The manager of G&G Clothing found two bills of the same description as others passed earlier to two other merchants.
A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged Saturday with using counterfeit $20 bills to buy clothes and shoes at J.C. Penney and Payless Shoes, deputies said.
Rickie Lee Nash, 30, of 406 S. Kentucky Ave., was released from the Washington County Detention Center after posting $10,000 bond.
The bills were slightly smaller than real bills, off-color, lacked security strips and had identical serial numbers, deputies said.
The sheriff's department is asking merchants to check their currency carefully and report any suspicious bills.