Police log for 10/31

October 31, 2002

Man wanted by police on robbery charges

Hagerstown City Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of Robert Allen Poffenberger Jr., who is wanted on charges including armed robbery following an incident Sunday on Frederick Street.

Police said that at approximately 1:30 a.m., a man allegedly entered a Frederick Street residence, displayed a handgun to the people there and demanded money.

The intruder allegedly pistol whipped the male resident, knocking him to the floor.

Police said the intruder then grabbed money from a coffee table and fled.

Detective Shane Blankenship issued an arrest warrant Monday charging Poffenberger with one count each of armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft and use of a handgun in commission of a crime.

Poffenberger is 19. His last known address is 12114 Wolfsville Road in Smithsburg, police said.

He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.


Anyone with information on Poffenberger can call police at 301-790-3700 or call Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Police investigating vandalism at Pa. school

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating vandalism at Hamilton Heights Elementary School and a concession stand on school property that happened last weekend.

Between 4 p.m. Friday and 6:45 a.m. Monday, someone damaged outdoor electrical plate covers and the building name lettering on the school, police said. Outdoor electrical plate covers and lightbulbs were also damaged at the concession stand, which is owned by the Hamilton Heights Youth League, police said.

Anyone with information may call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-264-5161.

Accident causes Pa. customers to lose power

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - About 667 Allegheny Power customers lost power Wednesday night when a car wrecked on Social Island Road and sheared off a utility pole, police and power company officials said.

The car struck the power pole about 7:34 p.m., said Pennsylvania State Police. No serious injuries were sustained in the accident, police said.

Allegheny Power workers had power restored to all but six of the affected customers by 8:30 p.m., said company spokeswoman Janice Lantz. The remaining customers were expected to have their service restored later in the night after the pole was replaced, Lantz said.

Window smashed at W.Va. sub shop

RANSON, W.Va. - A large window was broken at Subs and More restaurant at the traffic circle on North Mildred Street Monday night, said Ranson Police Capt. Mickey Ballenger.

The window may have been broken by someone shooting a pellet gun, Ballenger said.

Cash, VCRs, cigarettes stolen from local store

WILLIAMSPORT - A thief broke into the Williamsport Shell convenience store on East Potomac Street overnight Tuesday and stole a safe, cash from a register, two VCRs and 30 cartons of cigarettes, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The total loss in money, merchandise and damage was about $17,000, police said.

The sheriff's department said the break-in took place between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday. The glass on the front door was broken and a security camera mounted outside the building was removed.

Once inside, the intruder disabled the alarm system and telephone, police said.

The thief left with $300 from a cash drawer, a safe containing an undisclosed amount of money, $1,200 worth of cigarettes and two commercial grade VCRs with security tapes in them, police said.

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