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Police log for 2/19

February 19, 2002

Police log for 2/19



Hagerstown City Police have a bench warrant for William Lee Coles for failure to appear in Washington County Circuit Court.

Coles was originally charged with one count each of distribution of cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Coles, 26, is described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is 1055 College Ave., The Bronx, N.Y.

Coles' current whereabouts are unknown.

Anyone with information may contact police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.




A second person has been charged in connection with a January burglary at Booksavers in Maugansville, said Washington County Sheriff's Investigator Greg Alton.

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Dorsey Leroy Custer, 27, of 17944 Garden View Road, Maugansville, was charged with one count each of second- and fourth-degree burglary, felony malicious destruction of property and misdemeanor theft Friday.

At Booksavers, a set of double doors was pried open and $100 was taken, deputies said.

Custer is being held at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials said Monday.

Alton said Booksavers at 13705 Railroad St. was entered between Jan. 14-15. Already charged in that incident is a 16-year-old Maugansville boy, already on probation for a burglary conviction.

Last Wednesday, that teen appeared in Washington County Juvenile Court charged with Booksavers and three other Maugansville burglaries. He was sent to the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville to await trial.

At that hearing, Alton told Judge Donald Beachley that since January there have been eight burglaries in the Maugansville area.

On Jan. 14, a burglar broke into a Maugansville home while the residents were inside. The burglar ran out the door after being startled by the resident, leaving behind a bicycle.

Alton said the bike was traced back to the 16-year-old.

Neighbors have started keeping loaded firearms in the residence and they're not afraid to use them if someone breaks in, Alton told Beachley at the teen's detention hearing.




HANCOCK - A man armed with a rifle held up the North End Liquor Store at 143 Limestone Road Monday night and possibly fled into nearby West Virginia in a blue pickup truck.

Maryland State Police said the robbery occurred about 9:10 p.m. at the store that is located nearly parallel to U.S. 522 which leads directly into West Virginia.

The man was described as white with brown hair in his late teens or early 20s, police said. He had a light-colored scarf around his face.

Initial reports were that the man left the store and possibly got into a blue over white pickup truck driven by an unidentified second person.

The rifle may have been a .22-caliber weapon but police said they weren't sure.

Late Monday, police in both states were searching both on the ground and in the air with the help of a state police helicopter, police said.

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