Police log

May 22, 2003

Police, firefighters respond to threat

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 15-year-old Martinsburg High School student is suspected in a bomb threat made Wednesday at a local hair salon, police said.

The boy used a cell phone to call the Paige Boy Hair Salon at 116 N. Queen St. and report a fake bomb, Martinsburg City Police alleged.

He was released to the custody of his parents pending a juvenile petition charging him with making a bomb threat, police said.

City police and firefighters responded to the call.

Police investigating thefts from vehicles

Police in Washington and Frederick counties are collaborating to investigate a series of thefts from motor vehicles that had common factors.


Many of the thefts were from Acuras, Hondas or Toyotas and many involved after-market stereos and/or tires and rims.

The thieves broke into a number of cars in each of the neighborhoods they hit, police said.

The offenses date back to April 25, police said.

Police ask that anyone who has seen suspicious activity or who has specific knowledge of the thefts contact their local police agency.

Frederick Police, Hagerstown City Police, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police are involved in the investigation.

People can take steps to prevent theft by locking their vehicles, using a vehicle-security system and parking their vehicle in a well-lighted location, police said.

Man charged in reported purse theft

A man charged with stealing a purse at the Greyhound Bus station near Hagerstown and then giving police a false name was being held on $1,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A woman reported her purse had been stolen at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday, said Cpl. Roy Harsh. The man ran and was taken into custody by deputies at the intersection of Md. 65 and Interstate 70.

Deputies said he initially gave the name of Jonathan Clark and a 1977 birthdate, but when deputies took fingerprints and checked them against FBI files, his name came up as Randy L. Thacker, 38. It was not immediately clear where he lived.

Thacker was charged with one charge each of theft and obstructing an investigation.

Two sought in theft of video games

The Washington County Sheriff's Department said two men may have been responsible for taking 15 Sony PlayStation games from an apartment on Leiters Mill Road Wednesday morning.

The theft was reported at 12:49 a.m. in the 21400 block of Leiters Mill Road, Cpl. Roy Harsh said. The games were valued at $750.

One of the two men was described to police as a black man wearing a red and white hat, a dark shirt and blue jeans. He drove off toward Smithsburg in a dark green vehicle.

Witnesses described the second man as a white man in a black vehicle. He was last seen driving toward Hagerstown.

Cash, mail, bike reported stolen

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following calls Tuesday:

  • A theft of $2,000 in cash at a home in the 13400 block of Clopper Road was reported at 10:56 p.m.

  • Several items were reportedly taken from a 2001 Ford vehicle in the 20700 block of Breezewood Drive. The missing items include a car stereo, compact discs, sunglasses and a diamond ring. The reported value of the items was $14,425.

  • A 12-speed Magna bicycle with 26-inch wheels was reported stolen from a carport at 10:10 a.m. in the 13600 block of Royal Road.

  • Mail was reported stolen at 2:26 p.m. from a mailbox on the 700 block of Valley Road. The mail contained several checks, and one missing check was cashed, deputies said.

Four charged with damaging tombstones

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police charged two adults and two juveniles with damaging 22 tombstones in a borough cemetery in March.

Police said Scott A. Plantz, 19, of 49 Lincoln Way West and Timothy R. Thomas, 21, of 1445 Lincoln Way East were charged with institutional vandalism and criminal conspiracy. Also charged were two boys, ages 16 and 12, police said.

Police allege the four damaged tombstones at the Cedar Grove Cemetery on North Franklin Street on the night of March 17. The affidavit of probable cause stated the cemetery's superintendent estimated the cost of resetting the toppled stones and replacing broken ones at more than $6,000.

The charges were filed Monday with District Justice Gary Carter's office.

Two charged with using bogus bills

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police charged two Florida residents with theft by deception and forgery, alleging they tried to make a down payment on two vehicles with counterfeit $100 bills Tuesday.

Police said Erlis Yolanda Ruiz, 40, and Edwin Alexis Ruiz, 23, both of Miami, were arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger and jailed in Franklin County Prison on $15,000 bond.

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