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July 01, 1999

Three Washington County residents were charged Wednesday morning with breaking into about a dozen cars, according to the Maryland State Police.

Police got a description of a car from witnesses and spotted a similar vehicle on Falling Waters Road near Md. 63 at about 3:30 a.m. The car's occupants were throwing items out of the window, Trooper 1st Class T.J. McKenrick said.

McKenrick questioned three people in the car and then arrested them. He said police spent much of the morning sorting out where the stolen items came from.

He estimated that between 10 and 15 vehicles were broken into.

"It keeps coming in. We've been getting calls all morning," he said.

The recovered items included cash, baseball equipment, three stereos, a jumper cable, tires and sunglasses, police said.

Cody Reed, 18, and Jason Gross, 20, both of Big Pool, were charged with numerous counts of theft, police said. A third person, who is under 18, was charged as a juvenile, police said.

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A moped was stolen from 37 N. Mulberry St. on Tuesday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The red and gold, 50-CC Motobecane moped was locked to a sign post, police said. The thief cut through the combination lock and removed the moped.

It is valued at $200, according to police.




A Fort Pierce, Fla., man returned to his room at the Quality Inn on Dual Highway Tuesday and discovered the "Do not disturb" sign he left on the door was gone.

After taking a nap, the man awoke and discovered $300 in cash had been stolen from a duffel bag in the room, Hagerstown City Police said.

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