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Police log

December 18, 1998

Woman mugged in mall parking lot

HALFWAY - A shopper was mugged in the Valley Mall parking lot on Wednesday by a man who dragged her about 300 feet and kicked her, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The woman opened the trunk of her car outside the J.C. Penney store when a man in his late teens or early 20s grabbed her pocketbook and knocked her to the ground, deputies said.

As he dragged her, the mugger kicked the woman and told her to let go of the purse, deputies said. He managed to wrest the pocketbook from her and ran east in the parking lot across the railroad tracks toward Halfway Manor.

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The mugger is described as a white man, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing approximately 130 pounds. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt and sweat pants, a knit ski-type hat and had two to three days growth of facial hair.

 

Thief takes cash, cigarettes

CLARKSBURG, Md - A thief smashed a window of a convenience store early Thursday and stole about 80 cartons of cigarettes, Maryland State Police said.

At about 12:20 a.m., the man used a rock to smash a window of the Food Plus store on Urbana Pike, police said.

Once inside, the man removed about $20 from the cash register and filled a trash can with cigarettes.

The man was described as a black man wearing blue jeans, light brown work boots, a dark-colored hooded sweat shirt and a dark-colored knit hat.

 

W.Va. man charged with shoplifting

A West Virginia man was charged with taking $9.72 in items from the Sheetz convenience store at 17550 Virginia Ave. on Saturday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Malcolm J. Printup, 21, of P.O. Box 213, Bunker Hill, W. Va., was charged with theft of less than $300.

Deputies said store employees confronted a thief, who fled at 2:30 a.m. An off-duty deputy detained a man until deputies arrived.

Printup was released Monday on his own recognizance.

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