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Cops say three confess in burglary

March 20, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three people have given confessions to police regarding a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Washington Street Monday night, Charles Town Police said Tuesday.

The incident began when individuals forced their way inside the Mini Mart and Wireless Store at the corner of Washington and Charles streets, Detective Steve Harris said.

Several thousand dollars worth of cell phones, knives, jewelry and crossbows were taken from the store, according to police.

At about 1 a.m., police responded to a fire that was set beside the Alternative School on Lawrence Street, Harris said.

Officers became suspicious because they could see cigarette carton boxes and watch cases burning in the fire.

A person living nearby gave police a description of those who set the fire, said Harris.

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, officers saw three boys walking by the Mini Mart and Wireless Store that fit the description of the suspects given to police, Harris said.

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Officers approached the boys in the South West Street area and found some of the stolen items still in their possession, said Harris.

Inside an abandoned house several blocks away, police found all the items taken from the store, Harris said.

Three teenagers and an adult are suspects in the case, Harris said. Three of the suspects have confessed, he said.

No arrests have been made and an investigation is continuing, Harris said.

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