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Police log for 4/15

April 15, 2003

Travel trailer hauled from local driveway


BOONSBORO - When Lloyd and Rebecca Mills awoke last Thursday morning, they discovered their 32-foot travel trailer missing from their driveway.

"We didn't hear a thing," said Rebecca Mills from her home in the 6600 block of Old National Pike.

Before long, the Mills were notified their travel trailer had been found abandoned in a farmer's field in Lovettsville, Va., which isn't far from Brunswick, Md.

"They didn't get inside, thank goodness," Rebecca Mills said. "There was just a little damage on the outside."

Melissa Baker, the Mills' daughter, said her parents went to the impound lot in Loudoun County, Va., paid nearly $500 in impound fees and retrieved the trailer that bought last spring.

"My parents are very trusting but they aren't going to park the trailer at their home anymore," Baker said.

Baker said someone must have pulled into her parents' driveway, hooked the trailer up and pulled it past a parked car without causing a stir.

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Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Miller worked with the Loudoun County authorities once the trailer was found.

"They really worked together well and very quickly," Rebecca Mills said.




Juvenile accused of setting brush fire


A brush fire at Noland Village late Sunday afternoon was set by a juvenile, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown alleged Monday.

The fire, which was reported at 5:23 p.m. Sunday, scorched a 10-foot-by-20-foot area of brush and grass behind Court 1 at Noland Village, Brown said.

Brown said a group of youths watched one member of the group start the fire. Then they reported it to adults who relayed it to fire officials, Brown said.

Brown said the fire department has spoken with the mother of the juvenile accused of setting the fire, and the case has been referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Brown said fire officials recommended non-court action because no property other than brush was damaged.




Man crashes through McDonald's window


A man crashed through the front window of the McDonald's at 330 E. Washington St. early Monday after employees found him inside the fast-food restaurant, Hagerstown City Police said.

Two workers arrived at about 3:20 a.m. and found a man in the kitchen. He ran to the front of the restaurant where police said he jumped through the plate glass window.

He was last seen running across Dual Highway.

Lt. Rick Johnson said the man entered through the roof but did not take anything.

Police said the man was described as black and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a black bandana over his face.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call them at 301-790-3700.




Man sought in parking lot incident


Police said they are seeking help in finding a man who might be responsible for touching a woman inappropriately in the parking lot in front of Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard in January.

Police said the 19-year-old employee was walking to her car at about 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 when a man walked up behind her and began talking to her. He made a comment about her, then grabbed her breast and walked away, police said.

Police described the man - whose name they believe is Cody - as being in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build and short brown hair. He was wearing a blue thigh-length coat with a design or writing on the front and a light-colored ball cap.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call Detective Pat Moulton at 301-790-3700, extension 281.




Scratch-off lottery display cleaned out


FREDERICK, Md. - Thieves emptied a display case of its scratch-off lottery tickets Monday morning, Maryland State Police in Frederick said.

The burglary was reported at 2:10 a.m. at the Buckeystown Market at 3612 Buckeystown Pike.




Deputies respond to vandalism calls


The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls over the weekend.

  • Windows on two vehicles at Diamond Auto Glass at 13136 Pennsylvania Ave. were reported broken at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Damage was estimated at $1,300.

  • A car window was reported broken and a purse stolen in front of Mitzi's Place at 48 Frederick Road, Funkstown, at 2 a.m. Sunday. The window of the Pontiac Trans Am was valued at $500, police said. The Tommy Hilfiger purse, valued at $50, contained credit cards and a cell phone, police said.

  • A concrete statue of a man was reported stolen at noon Saturday from a yard on the 3300 block of Lime Kiln Road. The statue was valued at $1,000.

  • A bay window was reported broken Saturday at 7 a.m. at Mid Maryland Dairy Vets at 11347 Robinwood Drive. Damage was estimated at $200.

  • Antique license plates were reported stolen from a garage Friday at 2:30 p.m. on the 17700 block of Virginia Avenue.

  • A vehicle window was reported smashed Friday at 7:45 a.m. at Sharrett Inc., 1333 Dual Highway. Damage was estimated $500 damage.

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