Police log

January 05, 1999

Two vehicles stolen; one as owner watched

Two vehicles were stolen Monday, one while the owner watched helplessly as the thief drove it away.

At 11:44 a.m., the owner of a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina left her vehicle running in the parking circle at Washington County Hospital while she attended to her son in a car parked behind hers, Hagerstown City Police said.

The car, which has Pennsylvania tags BJG 9428, pulled out and drove away. The woman could only tell police that the driver was a man.

A 1989 Nissan truck with Maryland tags ED0332, was stolen from Antietam Motors, 10003 Maryland Ave., Monday, police said. It was valued at $1,500.



Police seek man who accosted girl at mall

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is looking for a man who followed a Clear Spring teen through Valley Mall on Monday afternoon and attempted to force her to go with him.

Deputies said the 17-year-old girl noticed the man watching her. She told deputies he followed her into several stores.

After the girl left the mall around 2:30 p.m., the man came up behind her, grabbed her by the hand and threatened her, deputies said.

The teen screamed and the man fled.

Deputies said several people were in the area at the time but might not have realized what was happening.

Anyone with information may call 301-791-3020.

The suspect is a black man in his early 20s. He is 5 feet 7 to 9 inches tall and has a medium build. The man was wearing a medium-length, dark-colored jacket.


Truck tires, rims stolen

Four tires and rims for four trucks parked at Hoffman Dodge, 201 S. Edgewood Drive, were stolen Monday. They are valued at $600, Hagerstown City Police said.


Heater, saw, router taken

A kerosene heater, saw and a router were taken from 538-540 W. Church St. Monday, Hagerstown City Police said.

The double house, which is being remodeled, was entered through a jimmied door. The loss was estimated at $770, police said.


Metal detector leads to new charges for drug suspect

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County man scheduled for sentencing last Wednesday on a drug paraphernalia charge was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia as he entered the courthouse.

According to borough police, Mark P. Foust of 120 Ritchey Road, Fayetteville, Pa., was going through the third floor courthouse metal detector at 9:17 a.m. Wednesday when sheriff's deputies detained him.

The report said deputies found a metal pipe used for smoking marijuana in the man's pocket.

Foust was sentenced that day to three months to a year in the county prison on the previous drug paraphernalia conviction.


Handguns stolen in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police are investigating the thefts of two handguns in the past week.

According to one report, Darlene Senci, 33, of South Franklin Street, had a 9mm handgun stolen from her home between Nov. 20 and Friday.

Darryl E. Mitchell, 24, of Hustontown, Pa., told police a handgun was stolen from the backseat of his vehicle early Saturday morning while it was parked on East Catherine Street near South Main Street.


Restaurant burglary probed

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police are investigating a burglary that occurred over the weekend at the China Buffet, 1009 Wayne Ave.

According to a police report, a door at the restaurant was forced open between 11 p.m. on Friday and 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. Bills and coins were stolen from a cash box at the business, police said.


FIre damages W.Va. house

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire Monday morning damaged the first floor of a house along Bloomery Road in Millville, W.Va., a fire official said.

Officials are not sure what started the fire, although they know it began near a woodstove, said Steve Hough, chief of the Friendship Fire Co. in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

No one was home when the fire started about 10:15 a.m., Hough said.

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