Police say man caught breaking into station

August 25, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A man standing outside the Harpers Ferry Police Department, reportedly with cuts on his hand and glass in his hair, was charged with breaking into the station early Saturday morning, Police Chief Donald Buracker said.

Town maintenance worker Gary Lewis detained John W. Kruse, 21, of Harpers Ferry, and called police from the police station phone about 4 a.m., police said.

"It's a little weird," Buracker said.

The station's front glass door was broken and a stack of newspapers was strewn about the street, police said. Inside, the evidence room door was pried open but the burglar did not tamper with the evidence, which was locked away in vaults, he said.


Lewis was at the 7-Eleven when a woman delivering newspapers told him she saw someone trying to break into the police station, police said. When police arrived a short time after Lewis' call, they saw that Kruse had bloodstains on his clothes and cuts on his hands, police said.

"Mr. Kruse was also observed to have small pieces of glass on his clothing and in his hair along with a strong odor of alcohol emitting from him," the police report said.

A 12-pack of Natural Light beer with four beers missing was found not far from the police station's front door, the report said.

"You have the wrong guy," Kruse told police when they took him into custody.

Kruse told police he knew the burglar but would not reveal a name, police said.

Kruse was charged with breaking and entering, three counts of destruction of property, one count of public intoxication and one count of obstructing an officer, police said.

Kruse was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital later that morning to have a blood sample drawn. The sample will be compared to the blood found inside the station, Buracker said.

Kruse was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bond Saturday, Buracker said.

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