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Police looking for man in connection with two home invasions

August 27, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Police believe the same man ransacked a home Monday and then walked into another home Tuesday morning, only to be surprised by the homeowner who was watching television, according to police.

Cpl. Brendan Hall, of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, released a surveillance photo of the truck driven by th man. The truck was reported stolen from Winchester, Va.

The first burglary happened at around 12:40 p.m. Monday at a home on Kitchen Orchard Road. A surveillance camera caught the truck pulling into the home's driveway and then leaving 30 minutes later.

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When the residents returned home a few hours later, they found that their home had been ransacked and money had been taken, according to Hall.

Photographs show a dark green Toyota pickup truck with Virginia registration of ZGE5259, Hall said.

In a separate incident, on Tuesday morning at around 7:55 a.m. a woman watching TV in her Ashton Drive home heard a noise in the back of her house. When she went to investigate, she found a white man standing in a hallway. He ran through the living room and left through a side door, Hall said.

The woman saw him leave in a truck that matches the description of the one seen in the earlier burglary, Hall said.

Hall said the man broke into the first home by kicking in a back door. He walked into the second home by entering through an unlocked door, Hall said.

The man was described as stocky, about 5 feet 6 inches or 5 feet 8 inches tall, with dirty blonde hair.

Anyone with information may call Hall at 304-267-7000 or Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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