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Man gets award for helping police

January 19, 1999

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council has presented an Award of Community Service to town resident Tony Shives.

Shives, 20, helped the town Police Department catch two people who defrauded the Sheetz Convenience Store in Hancock, said Mayor Daniel Murphy, who presented the award on Wednesday.

Two people in a pickup truck went to Sheetz, pumped $30 worth of gasoline, took two gallons of windshield washer solvent and 30 quarts of oil, and left without paying, Murphy said.

Shives, along with four other people, saw what happened, notified Sheetz and followed the car, Murphy said. They followed the car into West Virginia, where they got the tag number and passed it on to a Berkeley Springs police office, Murphy said.

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One person was later charged with theft and forced to pay restitution to Sheetz, he said.

The other four people who helped Shives were Jason Hill, 17, Justin Knight, 18, Wesley Dickey, 23, and David Ruppenthal, 22.

- Scott Butki

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