Police log for 6/26

June 26, 2002

Md. teenagers charged in vehicle break-ins

FREDERICK, Md. - Two New Market, Md., teenagers have been charged in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins early Tuesday in the Summerfield Development of Lake Linganore, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

Witnesses told deputies they saw two men dressed in dark clothes and wearing gloves as they were breaking into vehicles shortly after 5 a.m.

Eric Robert Brenner, 19, of 6534 Rimrock Road, and the unnamed 16-year-old boy were each charged with felony theft, conspiracy and numerous counts of theft from motor vehicle, deputies said.


Responding to reports from witnesses, deputies got to the development at 5:32 a.m. Tuesday where they encountered Brenner, who gave conflicting stories about why he was there, deputies alleged.

Retracing his path, deputies found a dark sweatshirt and a pair of vice grips.

The second person was found a short time later, wearing a backpack and gloves, police said.

Three W.Va. men facing conspiracy charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Federal arrest warrants charging conspiracy to commit burglary and transporting stolen goods across state lines were served Tuesday on three Martinsburg men, investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said.

Roger Arnold Shade, 63, of Blairton Road; Arthur H. Renner, 57, and Kenneth C. Stevens, 52, both of Mt. Olive Road, were taken into custody and arraigned before a U.S. magistrate Tuesday.

Their status wasn't known Tuesday night but there were not being held at the Eastern Regional Jail, officials there said.

The charges came from indictments sought on June 19 before a federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pa., deputies said. They stemmed from an investigation begun in 1999 of burglary and larceny crimes committed throughout the Tri-State area, deputies said.

Man hit with candy jar, robbed by assailant

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man told police he was assaulted with a candy jar and robbed of his money in his home early Tuesday, Chambersburg Police said.

Benjamin Bowers, 50, was hit over his head with a glass candy jar and in the face with a beer bottle at 12:15 a.m. inside 258 E. Queen St., police said.

The assailant took money and fled, police said.

The man is described as a black male, 5-foot 4-inches to 5-foot 6-inches tall with a thin build and colored beads in his hair, police said.

Cash, cell phone, flag among stolen items

The Washington County Sheriff's Department recently investigated several incidents.

  • A woman's wallet filled with credit cards, $150 in cash and $415 in money orders was stolen from Prime Outlets on Monday, a deputy said.

  • A $99 cellular phone and house keys were taken from a vehicle parked behind the RC Theatres at Valley Mall on Monday evening.

  • A wooden wagon, flag, flag pole and tin water can were reported taken from a home in the 23500 block of Heathers Road, a deputy said.

  • A bike left outside near Pocket Change at Valley Mall was stolen Monday, a deputy said.

  • A homeowner in the 13700 block of Rockdale Road came home Monday evening to find a bedroom ransacked, a deputy said.

About $1,000 in items were taken.

City man charged with disorderly conduct

A Hagerstown man was charged with disorderly conduct Tuesday afternoon as a result of a vocal argument he was allegedly having with a woman on East Franklin Street near Hagerstown City Hall, Hagerstown City Police said.

Donald Franklin Russ, 36, of 606 N. Prospect St., was taken into custody by Hagerstown City Police after police received calls about the fracas between Russ and the unidentified woman at 5:22 p.m.

Russ was being held at police headquarters Tuesday night awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

Electrical cord short blamed in fire

A short in an electrical cord to a window air conditioner has been blamed for a fire at 913 Guilford Ave. Tuesday afternoon, Hagerstown fire officials said.

Battalion Chief Dick Hopkins said personnel from South End Fire Co. arrived at 4:47 p.m. and discovered a set of curtains had caught on fire as a result of the electrical malfunction.

The fire was out when firefighters arrived, Hopkins said. Damage was limited to the curtains and the cord.

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