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Police log for 9/20

September 20, 2002

Thieves target area malls, outlet stores



Four times this week, thieves working in groups targeted merchants and their employees in area malls and outlet stores, said Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

"There were two incidents on Monday and two on Tuesday," Alton said.

In each case, a group of people entered the store and, while some of them distracted clerks, others would go behind the counter or into back rooms and take wallets out of employees' purses, Alton said.

Credit cards from those wallets were then used immediately to make large purchases.

Alton said merchants and their employees should secure purses in locked rooms or filing cabinets to avoid becoming victims of such thefts.




Cops: Armed robberies may be related



FREDERICK, Md. - State, county and city police were looking into the possibility that two armed robberies Thursday may have been related.

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At 6:20 a.m., a man entered the Econo Lodge on Urbana Pike and asked to rent a room, Maryland State Police said. When he was told rooms weren't rented until 7:30 a.m., the man said he had a gun and took money from the cash register, police said.

At 11:30 a.m., a man claiming to have a weapon in his jacket robbed a female clerk at a tanning salon in the Westridge Square Shopping Center in Frederick.

The man demanded the money from the cash register. He fled on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

In both cases, the robber was described as white, between 17 and 21 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighing 140 to 150 pounds.

A further description from the tanning salon robbery added that he had dark brown hair and a mole on his right cheek. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt/jacket with gray sleeves, black sweatpants with a white outer stripe.

"We have conferred on these two robberies and they may be related," said Lt. Thomas Chase of the Frederick City Police.

Anyone with information on these robberies may call 301-694-2126 or 301-694-2100 or 301-644-4151.




County residents appear on drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Six Berkeley County residents appeared earlier this week on drug charges in U.S. District Court before Judge Craig Broadwater.

-- Willie Lockett Jr., 29, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Wednesday to distribution of crack cocaine in connection with an Aug. 27, 2001, incident involving .32 of a gram of the drug, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said.

Out on bond, Lockett could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.

-- Jamus Redman, 35, of 642 Broad Lane, Falling Waters, W.Va., was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for one count of distribution of crack cocaine. Once released, he will be on probation for three years, Johnston said.

Redman pleaded guilty in May to the offense, which occurred in May 2001.

-- Stanley Larmount Johnson, 43, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of distribution of .21 of a gram of crack cocaine in a March 2002 incident.

-- Michael Roberts, 29, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of distribution of .25 of a gram of crack cocaine in October 2001.

-- Cheryl Welch, 24, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of distribution of .54 of a gram of crack cocaine in a November 2001 incident.

Johnson and Welch, who were free on bond, and Roberts who was in custody, each face a possible 20-year prison term and fines of $1 million, Johnston said.

-- Antoine Darnell Lane, 22, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, several counts of possession and distribution of cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute the drug, Johnston said.

Lane is free on bond pending sentencing. He faces up to a life sentence and fines in excess of $7 million.

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