Police log 9/27

September 26, 2000

Police log 9/27

Woman charged after items taken from store

A woman was being held pending a bond hearing Tuesday evening after $813 worth of craft supplies were taken from a store at Centre at Hagerstown Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said Linda Anne Haupt, 52, of Hagerstown, was charged with felony and misdemeanor theft.

According to city police, employees from Marshall's were standing outside the store at 6 p.m. when they noticed a woman walking out of A.C. Moore pushing a shopping cart filled with items. None of the merchandise had been bagged, so employees suspected it had been stolen and called police.

Police said the woman put the items, including afghans, craft supplies and doll houses into her Isuzu Rodeo and went into the nearby Border's bookstore.

When police searched the woman they found items from Marshall's, including flashlights and picture frames.

When asked about the merchandise, Haupt told police she had purchased the items previously and brought them back to comparison shop, police said.

Theft reported from room at the Venice Inn

The theft of $1,000 in cash and a quantity of jewelry, stolen from a room at the Venice Inn on the Dual Highway Monday, is the subject of an investigation by Hagerstown City Police.

The theft from Room 147 occurred between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., police said.

The items were in two pieces of luggage next to the bed, police said.

- Also Monday, someone entered an apartment in the first block of East Franklin Street and stole $5,400 in cash from a bedroom.

That theft occurred between 1:30 and 7 p.m.

- A Honda Elite 2000 scooter worth $1,600 was taken from the rear of 142 Broadway Monday. The scooter is yellow and black.

Figurines taken from yard in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Figurines of the seven dwarfs were taken from the front yard of a Fayetteville woman Saturday or Sunday, according to Pennsylvania State Police at Chambersburg, Pa.

In addition, police said, an elf figurine was uprooted and an ornamental sign damages on the lawn of Geraldine Haid.

2 boys charged in 911 hangup calls

A series of 911 hangup calls Friday led to two boys, ages 10 and 11, who were nabbed while still on the phone, according to Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh.

The boys have been charged with telephone misuse, Hersh said. One of the boys has a prior juvenile record.

Hersh said the enhanced 911 system at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications pinpointed the origin of the calls to a residence in Doub's Meadows in Hagerstown's south end.

Several Hagerstown Fire Department employees who were in the area were notified and went to the address, where they found the boys still on the phone, Hersh said.

Homemade weapon found during prison lockdown

One homemade weapon has been found during a random lockdown under way at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown, the prison's warden said Tuesday.

"We do this periodically to prevent contraband from coming into the institution," said MCI Warden Lloyd Waters.

Waters said no incident prompted the lockdown, under which the 2,092 MCI inmates can't leave their cells until the operation is concluded at the medium-security prison.

Work details, recreational activities, and even cafeteria meals are curtailed during the lockdown. Brown bag meals are eaten in cells, Waters said.

Waters would not say when the lockdown began. He said it will continue for a few days with all three shifts and the K-9 unit participating.

"Regular visiting day should not be affected," Waters said.

In addition to weapons and drugs, other items that aren't allowed in the prison are the objects of the searches conducted during the lockdown.

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