Police log 5/21

May 20, 2000

Three arrested in theft of safe holding $1 million

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three Martinsburg men have been arrested in connection with the theft of a safe containing more than $1 million in cash and valuables from a retired Mercersburg, Pa., funeral home director, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

Police identified the men as Charles William Decker, 20, John Anthony Bigiarelli, 24, and Kristopher Joseph Currier, 21.

A press release from state police did not list specific charges against the men.

The safe was stolen March 27 from F. Martin Lininger's office on Main Street in Mercersburg. Thieves rolled the 700-pound safe out the door, into a back alley and drove away with it, police said.

Lininger said he was afraid he would not get back a life's worth of stock certificates, bonds, certificates of deposit, tax records, deeds, silver coins, and heirloom family jewelry that belonged to his mother and his late wife. There was also $100,000 in cash in the safe, he said.


Police believe the safe was taken to Martinsburg, where it was cut open with power tools.

The press release did not indicate the whereabouts of the safe's items, although it said the safe was recovered by state police and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department on Friday.

The three Martinsburg men were arrested without incident at their homes, state police said.

Police said they anticipate releasing more details about the case.


Pa. man, 83, killed when accidentally run over by SUV

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - An 83-year-old Shippensburg man died at a relative's house on Orrstown Road Saturday afternoon after he was accidentally run over by his 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

Stoey W. Forrester of Pineville Road was trying to exit the Blazer when it began to coast backward. Forrester became caught between the truck and the door and was run over by the front wheels of the vehicle, police said.

Forrester died from trauma to the head in the 2:50 p.m. accident, police said.

Man riding moped wounded by BB gun

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle man was shot with a BB gun while he was riding a moped on Pa. 16 Friday, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

The shot came from a car that passed Richard Leroy Freshman, 46, state police said.

Freshman was taken to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment, but his injury was not life-threatening, police said.

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