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Arrests made in BB shootings

February 16, 2001

Arrests made in BB shootings



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer


Hagerstown Police have charged three West Virginia teenagers with shooting out the windows of eight Hagerstown businesses and one vehicle, causing more than $19,000 worth of damage.

David Larry Robinson, 18, of 236 Berkeley Station Road, Martinsburg, was charged with nine counts of destruction of property.

A 17-year-old boy from Falling Waters and a 15-year-old boy from Martinsburg were also arrested. Their names were not released because they are being charged as juveniles.

Police said the vandalism occurred between Jan. 14 and 20. The vandals apparently drove through the city in a truck firing a BB gun.

Patricia Stem of Martinsburg, Robinson's aunt, said her nephew admitted to being in the truck one of the nights that windows were shot, but not the other nights.

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Also, he did not shoot the BB gun, Stem said. She said the two older boys are being blamed unfairly for acts they didn't do.

Robinson, who turned himself in when he heard about the investigation, is free on $2,000 bond, Stem said.

No one from the detective squad was available Friday evening to respond to Stem's comments.

After the damage was publicized in the media, a citizen provided a videotape of a pickup truck with three people in the back, police said. One of the people was shooting a BB or pellet gun.

Police said they tracked the owner of the truck and found out the three teens were part of a group of people in it.

Robinson and the two other teens were charged with damaging windows at the following businesses, police said:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> El Paso Restaurant, over $500 damage.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Hoffman Clothiers, $400.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Lena Darner Boutique, over $500.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Foltz Manufacturing and Supply Inc., $647.70.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dairy Queen, $563.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> R. Bruce Carson Jewelers, $2,500.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Budget Printing Center, $1,500.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Callas Contractors, $12,000.

Police said the window on a vehicle parked on the 500 block of Lynnhaven Drive was also shot. The damage was estimated at $465.

Other buildings were reported hit at the time of the incident but were not included on the list released Friday.

Many of the buildings hit were at corners with stoplights, which may have made them easy targets, Hagerstown Police Detective Gary Spielman said at the time the damage was discovered.

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