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Police investigating lumber theft operation

May 17, 2001

Police investigating lumber theft operation



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


Police said they were investigating a major theft operation in which they believe lumber was being stolen from at least two home improvement stores in Frederick County, Md., and being taken to Jefferson County, W.Va.

On Tuesday, police obtained a search warrant for a business along U.S. 340 and retrieved more than $116,000 worth of lumber products including cabinetry, household trim, plywood, pressure-treated lumber, windows and vinyl siding, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy William Parker.

Police had set up surveillance operations and observed lumber being taken to the business, Parker said.

No arrests had been made, Parker said.

Local police started investigating the case after Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Police stopped a truck carrying a load of lumber on U.S. 340 for a traffic violation Saturday, Parker said.

The officers became suspicious about the truck, but Parker declined to elaborate.

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Police later contacted Maryland State Police, who said they were investigating major lumber thefts from a Lowe's store and Wick's Lumber and Building, both in Frederick County, Parker said.

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