Police log for 12/31

January 02, 2003

Deputies investigating stolen vehicle, vandalism

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department are investigating the following incidents, Sgt. Mark Knight said Tuesday:

  • Five juveniles face felony theft charges after a traffic stop in Williamsport early Tuesday revealed that the vehicle in which the juveniles were stopped had been stolen in Gaithersburg, Md., Knight said.

    The juveniles, two of whom live in the Smithsburg area, were charged after being stopped at E. Potomac Street and Springfield Lane at about 1 a.m., Knight said.

  • The rear window of a vehicle parked at 3406 Western Pike in Hancock was reported damaged at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Damages are estimated at $400.

  • The windows of a tractor-trailer parked at 11408 Stotler Rd. in Halfway were reported damaged at 8 p.m. Monday. Damages are estimated at $500.

  • A breaking and entering was reported at 13929 Distant View Ave. in Maugansville at 9:30 a.m. Monday. After entering the home through a garage window, the perpetrator took $10 from the homeowner's purse.

  • The rear window of a vehicle parked at 3 N. Main St. in Keedysville was reported smashed at 3 p.m. on Dec. 28. Damages are estimated at $250.

  • A radio and scanner were reported stolen from a locked Freightliner truck parked at 11564 Hopewell Rd. in Halfway at noon Dec. 28.

  • The front windshield of a Chevrolet Camaro parked at 12826 Salem Ave. in Hagerstown was reported damaged at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Damages are estimated at $250.

Man held on bonds after being charged with theft

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was being held on two bonds totaling $40,000 early Tuesday following his arrest Saturday for the theft of a vehicle from a church in Charles Town and the sounding of an alarm at an 84 Lumber store in Berkeley County.


Randy Scott Taylor, 34, of 128 West Virginia Drive, was charged with grand larceny and petty larceny in Jefferson County, and breaking and entering in Berkeley County, according to police and court records.

Taylor was being held Tuesday in the Eastern Regional Jail on two bonds of $20,000 each, jail officials said.

911 dispatchers received a call about an alarm at an 84 Lumber store along W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg about 3:47 a.m. Saturday, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

A West Virginia State Police trooper arrived, climbed over a fence into the lumber yard and spotted a man crawling out of a large sliding door, court records said.

The trooper obtained a statement from the man in which he said he had entered the building and was looking for money, court records said. The trooper also questioned the man about a white minivan parked at the Britt-Getty Law Offices next door, court records said.

The man told the trooper he stole the van from Harvest Point Baptist Church along U.S. 340 in Charles Town, court records said.

Domestic argument ends with harassment charge

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A St. Thomas man is facing a charge of harassment stemming from a domestic argument Monday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The man allegedly shoved a woman's head into a living room wall and threw a home computer on the floor before cutting the phone lines so the victim couldn't summon assistance to the home on Cumberland Circle, police said.

The 24-year-old woman was able to flee to a neighbor's home where she called police.

Thomas C. Sokol, 24, was charged with harassment and released from police custody, police said.

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