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Burglaries reported in Jefferson

August 14, 2000

Burglaries reported in Jefferson



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - At least a dozen burglaries at Shepherdstown area homes have been reported to police over the last week.

In most of the cases, jewelry, video games and other video equipment was stolen, according to police.

About seven of the burglaries were reported to West Virginia State Police. Four of those burglaries occurred in the Steamboat Run subdivision, which is about four miles north of Shepherdstown on Shepherd Grade Road, said Sgt. S.E. Paugh.

Most of the burglaries being investigated by the state police occurred last Monday, Paugh said.

He said troopers are still getting reports of houses being broken into. Some people living in the homes have been away on vacation and are discovering the crimes when they return home, Paugh said.

Paugh could not estimate the value of the goods stolen so far.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is investigating about five house burglaries in the Shepherdstown area, said Chief Deputy Jesse Jones.

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Jones said he believes an individual or a group of individuals are responsible for all of the thefts.

It is not unusual to see a spree of house burglaries in the county, Jones said. Sometimes when the sheriff's department arrests two or three people for a house burglary, the department ends up solving 15 or 20 theft cases, Jones said.

The sheriff's department has also been getting a lot of complaints about people breaking into cars at the Willowbrook Farms apartment complex behind Denny's restaurant on U.S. 340. But those do not appear related, Jones said.

Police have asked if anyone has noticed a suspicious car in the Steamboat Run area recently, they can report the information to the state police, said Sgt. Paugh. The number at the local detachment is 304-725-9779.

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