Two arrested for stolen car possession

August 12, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County woman and man were arrested Saturday night after police allegedly found a stolen car and stolen clothes at one of their homes.

Justin Cook, 22, of Radiant Drive in Martinsburg, faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, telephone harassment, possession of a controlled substance, being a fugitive from Maryland and giving police false information. He is being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $103,500 bail.

Jennifer R. Snyder, 19, of Tiara Court in Falling Waters, W.Va., was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, being a fugitive from Maryland and obstructing an officer.


The investigation began Saturday as state troopers looked for a Ford Crown Victoria reportedly stolen from Martinsburg. At Cook's home they spotted a blue Ford, partially hidden under a tarp, according to court records. When the license plate revealed it was the stolen car, police searched it and found clothes, with the price tags still attached, that Cook and Snyder allegedly stole from a Nautica store in Maryland. Both were wanted in Washington County for the allegation.

When police asked Cook if Snyder was in the home, he said "no," according to court records. Cook's father, however, said Snyder was running out the front door. Trooper R.C. Copson ran to the front of the home and found Snyder trying to flee, police allege.

Cook told police the keys to the Ford were in his room, records show. When police went to get them, they found a bottle of pills for which Cook did not have a prescription, police said.

Cook faces more than seven years in prison if convicted of all the charges. Snyder faces more than six years in prison if convicted.

Earlier this year, Cook was charged with one felony count of malicious wounding after he allegedly beat Snyder so badly she had to be taken to the hospital, according to court records.

The telephone harassment charge lodged against Cook stems from a July 12 incident, when Cook allegedly called Snyder's home several times and left threatening messages containing obscene language, said Sgt. E.D. Burnett of the West Virginia State Police, who investigated that complaint. At that time, Snyder's mother told police that Cook and her daughter had previously dated, records show.

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