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Local man faces burglary charge

March 11, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man arrested in Pennsylvania last month on a burglary-related charge now faces a similar charge in Washington County.

Ernest James Myers, 45, was arrested by Carroll Valley Police in Adams County, Pa., on Feb. 12, after police pulled him over for driving at a high rate of speed, police alleged. During the traffic stop, police found several items stolen in a break-in more than a year earlier, Chief Richard Hileman alleged.

Since then, police in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties in Pennsylvania, and the Washington County Sheriff's Department have obtained search warrants for residences, cars and storage units, said Inspector Greg Alton with the Sheriff's Department.

Alton on Monday filed a warrant in Washington County District Court for Myers' arrest, charging him with one count of burglary.

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The Washington County charge stems from a Feb. 2, 2001, burglary in the 12000 block of Christy Avenue in Smithsburg. In that case, a side door to a home was pried open and a metal lockbox containing old coins, a 1950 Esso bank and about $1,200 cash were taken, Alton said.

He said searches turned up the lockbox and bank.

Alton said the investigation is continuing.

He said Myers was believed to have been staying at a residence on Belview Avenue in Hagerstown, where he alleged jewelry and old coins were collected last month during a police search.

Alton said his goal was to get one warrant on file so there would be a detainer if Myers were to be released from jail in Pennsylvania, where he was being held at the Adams County Prison on one count of receiving stolen property and a parole detainer.

Police in Chambersburg, Carlisle, Pa., and Carroll Valley were investigating.

Carroll Valley Police were operating an intensive patrol effort in residential areas in response to a burglary spree last month when Patrolman Clifford J. Weikert observed a vehicle in a no-parking area Feb. 12 near a lake and saw and person in a gray insulated suit and dark knit cap, police said.

The man drove away at a high rate of speed but was stopped, Hileman said.

Police found a U.S. savings bond, some silver certificates and other "antique" currency stolen in Carlisle in October 2001, Hileman alleged.

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