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Police log

July 19, 2003

Police seek man in AC&T robbery


Police on Friday were looking for a man who walked into a Williamsport gas station Friday morning, pointed a gun at two clerks and robbed them of two money orders, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Investigator Greg Alton said the unidentified man walked in about 6:30 a.m. while there were other customers in the convenience store at the AC&T gas station at 16504 Virginia Ave. The man asked the two female clerks to open the register, but he may have been startled when a customer came up behind him because he ran away.

Alton said the man was described as black, 5 feet, 10 or 11 inches tall with short hair, a medium build and wearing a gray or tan shirt.

Alton requested that anyone who was in the store at the time call the Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.




Furniture store burns in Frederick


FREDERICK, Md. - An antique furniture store on East South Street caught fire Thursday afternoon and one man was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

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The fire was under control by about 3:50 p.m., but several streets were closed in downtown Frederick and MARC rail service was disrupted because emergency crews were blocking the tracks.

The fire was reported at 3:18 p.m. by employees at Carroll Creek Antiques at 522 E. South St.

According to the report, employees were refinishing furniture when lacquer spray came into contact with a hot compressor motor. That ignited the lacquer spray.

The rear portion of the building was destroyed, although firefighters saved the front of the building and several pieces of antique furniture. The loss was estimated at $300,000.

One hundred firefighters from 12 stations in the city and county battled the blaze, and it took 30 minutes to bring the flames under control, the press release said.




Juveniles sought in playground fire


WALKERSVILLE, Md. - The Maryland State Fire Marshal is requesting that anyone who saw juveniles setting fire to playground equipment on the 200 block of Deer Run Park call the fire marshal's office.

Sparkling devices were set off around 4 p.m. Thursday inside a plastic tunnel in the playground, causing $500 in damage to the equipment, the fire marshal's office said.

Investigators can be reached at 410-552-0154.




Vehicle vandalized; another is stolen


The Washington County Sheriff's Department received the following crime reports this week:

  • A Pontiac Ventura was spray-painted Wednesday on the 17900 block of West Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown. No damage estimate was available.

  • A 2000 Yamaha Blaster all-terrain vehicle was reported stolen Thursday from the first block of Artizan Street in Williamsport. The vehicle was valued at $1,500.
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