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Police log 4/26

April 25, 2000

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was charged Tuesday with stealing boxes of food from a West King Street restaurant's outside freezer.

Bernard F. Robinson, 31, of 708 West King St., Martinsburg, was charged with petty larceny, brandishing a weapon and entering without breaking, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said a man and two juveniles stole food items from a storage area at the Boomtown Restaurant after stealing the keys.

When the trio walked away from the restaurant, the man had an altercation with another person and put the food boxes down, police said. The other person swung a bag at the man but missed, breaking a window in a dance studio, according to police.

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The man then brandished a butterfly knife, police alleged.

Police arrived as the man and the juveniles were picking up the boxes and starting to leave, according to the complaint.

The owner of the restaurant reported that two cases of breaded chicken, one case of fish nuggets, three cases of strip steaks, a case of butter packets, a loaf of French bread and a case of pasta shells were missing. Their total value was estimated at $400.

Part of the food was found at the scene, police said.




FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A motorcyclist left the scene of a minor accident Monday evening after waiting almost two hours for officers to respond, police said.

A passenger on the motorcycle, which sideswiped a telephone pole on Nestle Quarry Road, received minor injuries, according to West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.T. Dyroff.

The driver walked away before police arrived and was never found, Dyroff said.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. But Dyroff said State Police were so backed up with calls that he didn't get to the scene until about 8:30 p.m.

The motorcycle did not have a license plate on it, Dyroff said.




CAVETOWN - One vehicle was stolen and three others parked at a service station on Jefferson Boulevard were vandalized Saturday or Sunday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said someone stole an Isuzu Trooper and a $350 Kenwood stereo from a Jeep Cherokee. Additionally, there was an attempt to steal a Chevrolet Suburban and a GMC Jimmy, damaging the ignition lock systems. All of the vehicles were parked at the Hahn's AAMCO on Jefferson Boulevard in Cavetown.

The Isuzu Trooper was later recovered. Damages to the Suburban and Jimmy are estimated at $120.

Anyone with information about the incident may call 301-791-3020.




A burglar pried open a sliding glass door at a Hagerstown business and stole $1,800 from a cash register, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The burglary to the Har-Tru Corp., on Salem Avenue was reported at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Deputies were unsure when the incident may have occurred.

Anyone with information may call 301-791-3020.




INWOOD, W.Va. - Two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl were charged Monday in connection with a handful of Inwood break-ins over the last several weeks.

West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T.C. Kearns said the burglaries were at South Berkeley Pharmacy, a restaurant called The Dining Room and two homes. The three are friends, he said.

Each of the boys was charged with three counts of breaking and entering and two counts of burglary.

The girl was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of breaking and entering.

Kearns would not disclose specifically what was taken, other than cash, jewelry and other items.

Kearns and Senior Trooper E.D. Burnett made the arrests.

Kearns said the teens were runaways and were found sleeping in a stolen tent near the railroad tracks in Inwood, along with some of the stolen items.

The boys were taken to a detention center and the girl was released to her mother, he said.

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