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Police probe Jefferson County thefts

January 30, 2001

Police probe Jefferson County thefts



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Seven houses in three subdivisions on Blue Ridge Mountain were broken into Monday, police said.

In most instances, the break-ins occurred during the day and were accomplished by kicking in doors, police said.

The break-ins occurred at houses in Harpers Ferry Campsites, Keyes Ferry Acres and Blue Ridge Acres, police said.

West Virginia State Police, who were investigating five of the break-ins, declined to say what items were taken from the homes.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department was investigating two of the break-ins and another at a house in Blue Ridge Acres last Friday, said Sheriff Everett Boober.

A laptop computer was stolen from one of the homes and a purse and some video games were taken from another, Boober said.

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Police said two vehicles might be associated with the break-ins. One is a white truck possibly occupied by two males, said Trooper Zach Vaughan.

The second vehicle, a gray two-door car, has been seen in the Middleway area, where there have been other break-ins, Boober said.

There were at least a dozen burglaries in the Shepherdstown area last August, including in the Steamboat Run subdivision. It's unclear whether the recent break-ins are connected to those, said Vaughan, adding that the break-ins in Shepherdstown have stopped.

Police said it is typical for burglars to stop their activity and start up again.

Anyone with information about the break-ins may call state police at 304-725-9779, the sheriff's department at 304-728-3205, or a police hotline at 304-728-COPS.

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