Police log 2/21

February 22, 2000

Burglar runs after encountering worker

A burglar caught in the act early Monday at Turner's Dual Lanes on Dual Highway managed to do $3,000 in damage to a juke box and a video game before getting away.

Deputy Daniel Watson of the Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to a 2:45 a.m. call from an employee who said he was working in his office when he encountered a man with a crowbar in his hand walking down the stairs.

When the employee yelled, the burglar fled.

A K-9 search of the area didn't turn up the suspect, who is described as white, with short black hair and moustache, wearing blue jeans, a jean jacket and a red flannel shirt.



Mayflower moving van stolen in city

A Mayflower moving van was stolen Saturday from Whitaker's Moving System Inc., 14563 Industry Drive, and is still at large, according to Maryland State Police.

The empty 1996 van, which contains the well-known logo for the firm, bears Maryland tags 57H400.

Also Saturday:

* Police were alerted to the theft of $320 in electronic equipment from a Mazda at Garden Lane in the Oak Ridge Apartments.

* A snowblower was stolen from a home on Wye Oak Street in Funkstown Saturday but was recovered a short time later, police said.

* A Panasonic radio and CD player were taken from a vehicle on Deanewood Lane Saturday, police said.


Police seek witness to incident on I-81

Maryland State Police say they are still looking for a woman who can give them information about an attempted assault that occurred in January on Interstate 81.

About 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, a man in a burgundy Nissan Sentra offered help to a woman whose car had broken down, saying he would drive her to a phone. Instead, he tried to assault her, police said.

The woman got away near the construction site of a new shopping center on U.S. 40 West and was immediately assisted by a woman in a white Honda Civic.

The woman might have gotten a good look at the assailant's car, police said.

Anyone with information can call Sgt. Donald Stottlemyer at 301-739-2101 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-5131.


One hurt when bus, buggy collide in Pa.

ORRSTOWN, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said an Orrstown man had minor injuries Monday when the buggy he was driving collided with a bus in Lurgan Township.

Jacob Fisher, 69, was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released after the 11:40 a.m. accident on Otterbein Church Road, according to a nursing supervisor.

Police said Fisher was going north when a 1987 Ford Champion bus driven by Lester Hurst, 50, of Fredericksburg, Pa., attempted to pass the horse and buggy. The report said the horse was spooked and veered left, with the rear bumper of the bus catching the front wheel of the buggy.

The collision caused the bus to flip over, police said. Fisher's passenger, Sarah Fisher, 68, of Orrstown, was not injured.

Hurst and the 12 passengers, ages 11 to 25, on the 26-passenger bus were not hurt, police said.


Grain spill closes off-ramp for hours

FREDERICK, Md. - An off-ramp from U.S. 15 was closed for more than four hours Monday night after a tractor-trailer overturned, spilling grain, according to Maryland State Police.

The 1986 International tractor-trailer was taking the ramp from northbound U.S. 15 to Motter Avenue shortly before 7 p.m. when the driver failed to make the turn, police said.

The driver, James Arnold Campbell, 67, of Clear Spring, was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The ramp remained closed at 11 p.m.

No further information was available.


Thefts from vehicles keep deputies busy

A rash of thefts from vehicles kept Washington County Sheriff's deputies busy over the weekend, especially in the Smithsburg area.

Vehicles were broken into on West Water Street, South Main Street, Maple Avenue and Stevenson Road. Cellular telephones were the most popular items stolen, deputies said.


$100 stolen in home burglary in Fannett

DOYLESBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police on Monday were investigating a Sunday afternoon burglary on Burns Valley Road in Fannett Township.

The report said the front door at the home of Teresa Boyer, 46, was forced open between noon and 4:30 p.m. and $100 was stolen.


Cars stolen in city

Hagerstown City Police reported the following stolen cars:

* A silver 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue, an Avis Rent-A-Car with Maryland tags GGK294, was stolen from the Ramada Inn between Saturday and Sunday.

* A blue Pontiac Sunbird with Pennsylvania tags CBR3863 was stolen on Feb. 16 from the 300 block of North Jonathan Street. The car was reported stolen to police on Monday morning.


Theft attempt fails

The thief or thieves who stole a 1984 Oldsmobile Firenza from the Potomac Towers parking lot Monday afternoon failed to steal a second car, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The steering column was broken in an unlocked 1991 Chevy Corsica, police said.

The tan, four-door Firenza, with Maryland tags NBK 976, was stolen around 4:30 p.m., police said.


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