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Alleged tool stealer charged

March 08, 2002

A Hagerstown man was charged Thursday with stealing tools from vehicles in Washington County and selling them to people on the street.

Richard Althea Mowery Jr., 44, of 13628 Pennsylvania Avenue, Room No. 24, was charged Thursday with theft over $500.

He was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

Mowery was arrested Tuesday on drug charges, according to Hagerstown City Police Lt. Rick Johnson.

City police, Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department pooled their resources to investigate the thefts, which started in February, he said.

Vehicles from across the county, which could be identified as construction vehicles because of their logos, were broken into and drill bits, saws, drills and other tools were taken, he said.

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People on the street or outside convenience stores were then approached in an attempt to sell the tools, he said.

Police believe others are involved and police were continuing their investigation, he said.

Anyone who has had a theft from their vehicle and has not reported should do so, Johnson said.

Also, people who may have recently purchased construction type tools from a white male operating a white two-door vehicle with Maryland registration can contact Detective Carroll Braun at 301-790-3700 Ext. 234 or Detective Greg Alton at 301-791-3300 Ext. 108.

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