Police log in November 22 Morning Herald

November 23, 2001

Police log for November 22

Check-cashing scheme now includes 91 payroll checks

A check-cashing scheme reported on Saturday has expanded to include 91 payroll checks that were cashed in a three-hour period at five Hagerstown Trust branch banks, Hagerstown City Police said Wednesday.

Detective Patricia Moulton said there are at least 20 suspects - 19 men and one woman - all walk-ins.

"This has happened before in other parts of the South and along the East Coast," Moulton said.

All the checks were drawn on a Hagerstown Trust account for Blue Heron Venture Inc., 32 W. Baltimore St., the location of the Baltimore Street Car Wash, police said.

A total of 156 checks were stolen from McCleary Limited Partnership at 2 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport, police said.

In addition to the Dual Highway branch, checks were cashed Saturday at the Wesel Boulevard, South Potomac Street, Longmeadow and West Side branches.

Police ask that anyone with information about the matter call Detective Patricia Moulton at 301-790-3700, ext. 281.


Fire causes $50,000 damage to vacant Mont Alto residence

MONT ALTO, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal's office was investigating a fire that caused $50,000 in damage to a vacant two-story house on Wednesday.

Firefighters responded shortly after 2 p.m. to the fire at 6 Jones St., Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Garling said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about 10 minutes, but not before it had damaged the living room, dining room and upstairs hallway, he said.

The house sustained heavy heat and smoke damage, he said.

The house, which is vacant and for sale, is owned by Glen Bumbaugh Jr., Garling said.

No one was hurt fighting the fire, he said.

Woman is robbed of $10 by man behind Broad Axe

A woman going to her car behind the Broad Axe Tuesday night was robbed of $10 by a man who said he had a gun, Hagerstown City Police said.

The woman told police she left the tavern at 28 W. Franklin St. and was headed for her car in the rear parking lot when a man approached her at 11:09 p.m.

He told the woman he had a gun, pulled his hand out from inside his coat and quickly put it behind his back. No gun was seen, police said.

In addition to the $10, the robber took the woman's driver's license and fled across the market house parking lot, police said.

The man was described as a black male in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. He was wearing a black ski hat that didn't cover his features, a black puffy coat and khaki pants.

Anyone with information may contact Detective Shawn Schultz at 301-790-3700.

Numerous items taken in Chestnut Grove Road burglary

A safe, a rifle, jewelry and a large amount of cash were taken Tuesday in a residential burglary at a home in the 2600 block of Chestnut Grove Road, Maryland State Police said.

Burglars entered the home through an unlocked door and ransacked a bedroom between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The rifle is a Remington Model 760 pump, according to Trooper 1st Class Michael Potter, who is heading up the investigation.

The cash was in currency and coins.

Potter said the entire scene was processed by a state police crime scene technician.

The house is in a rural setting and the burglars are believed to have come through the woods on the east side of Chestnut Grove Road, Potter said.

Anyone with information may contact Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Sheriff's Department investigates several incidents

Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a number of calls Tuesday.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A small sandblaster was stolen from the rear of 11424 Stotler Road around 4:30 p.m.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A 16-inch chainsaw was reported stolen from 10529 White Hall Road at 9:27 p.m.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Tires on three vehicles were slashed at 19330 Longmeadow Road. Damage was estimated at $500, deputies said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The resident of 215 Della Lane in Boonsboro reported to deputies that the house had been splattered with paint balls.

Burglar steals $300 in cash from McConnellsburg residence

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa - A burglar armed with a rock entered a home Monday evening and stole approximately $300 in cash, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The rock was used to break a rear window at 223 S. 7th St. and gain entry.

Anyone seeing anything suspicious in the area between 5:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Monday is urged to call 1-717-485-3131.

Television set, diesel fuel taken in separate incidents

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A television set and a tank full of diesel fuel were taken in separate incidents Monday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Someone pumped $81.96 of diesel fuel into a tractor-trailer at around 9 p.m. and left the TA Truck Stop at 10835 John Wayne Drive without paying, police said.

Police had no description of the truck or the driver.

At 11:30 p.m., a man removed a television valued at $220 from the TA Truck Stop Travel Store without paying for it, police said.

The man is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing 185 pounds, between 35 and 40 years old and wearing dark clothes, police said.

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