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Police issue theft warning

November 08, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A police investigator is warning people about the perennial problem of muggings and thefts during the holiday season after a woman was mugged outside a Charles Town church Wednesday night.

The 58-year-old woman was on her way to choir practice at Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. when she noticed two young men approaching her from Lawrence Street about 7:30 p.m., said Detective Mark Johnston of the Charles Town Police Department.

The woman reached the corner of the church when the men forced her to the ground and took her pocketbook, Johnston said.

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The woman did not see where the men went, Johnston said.

By the time the woman picked up her music book and other belongings, the two were gone, Johnston said.

The woman suffered minor abrasions to her face, Johnston said.

Johnston said he is trying to put together descriptions of the men but has not been able to gather many details.

The men are both being described as two young white males, Johnston said. It is believed both of them may have been wearing light-colored knit caps and gray jackets, Johnston said.

Johnston said the beginning of the holiday season typically marks the beginning of the season when police see more muggings and thefts.

"This is the prime time," he said.

People can take precautions by making sure they always walk with a group of people at night, Johnston said.

Women should refrain from carrying their purses openly, Johnston said.

To reduce the risk of injury, anyone who is mugged should give the attacker what he or she asks for, Johnston said.

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