Police log

January 23, 2004

Man wanted in Md. robbery found in city

A man wanted on an armed robbery warrant in Anne Arundel County, Md., was arrested in Hagerstown Wednesday night, police said.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department asked the Hagerstown Police Department for help in finding Jerry Allen Morsell Jr., 42, because he previously lived in Hagerstown.

Hagerstown Police said they got an anonymous tip about Morsell's whereabouts and found him at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home on Elizabeth Street.

When he was apprehended, Morsell had a replica semiautomatic Beretta handgun in his waistband, police said.

An employee at the Washington County Detention Center said Thursday night that Morsell was being held there on $14,000 bond on two charges.


Man wanted in Christmas burglary

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was trying to find a man in connection with a Christmas Day burglary. Two other people have been charged in the burglary.

Police said a home was broken into on Rose Glow Avenue, which is off Sharpsburg Pike south of Interstate 70.

A PlayStation 2 game system and one game was taken after the residents left to visit relatives, police said.

Santana Serna, 21, and Freddie Thompson Jr., 20, both of Hagerstown, have been charged, police said.

The sheriff's department is asking for the public's help in finding Glen Keith Hawkins, 25. Police said they have a warrant for Hawkins' arrest.

Bogus bills used at another Pa. eatery

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday that a second Franklin County fast-food restaurant has reported receiving counterfeit money Tuesday night.

The first report came from Wendy's at 1658 Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township. Police said someone paid $20.08 for an order that cost $1.05. The cashier gave the customer $19.05 in change.

After the customer left, an employee noticed that the $20 bill was a counterfeit.

Police said they have received a report that someone passed two counterfeit $20 bills at Subway at 875 Lincoln Way West in Hamilton Township.

The customer used the two bills to pay for an order that cost $28.23.

On Wednesday morning, an employee noticed the fake bills while gathering money for a bank deposit, police said.

The bills passed at Subway bore the same serial number as the one passed at Wendy's, police said.

Police said businesses should watch for the counterfeit bills, which are of "extremely poor quality."

Pa. men charged in Md. warrants

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Chambersburg men were arrested on Maryland warrants this week in separate cases, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Timothy Short, 37, was in the Franklin County Prison when he was arraigned Tuesday on a Washington County warrant. Police said he was wanted on six counts of theft.

He was sent back to the Franklin County Prison on $50,000 bond.

On Wednesday, police arrested Bradley Aaron Runk, 25, of Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg, on a bench warrant from Baltimore County, Md. He had not completed ordered probation, police alleged.

Runk was released after posting $50,000 bail, police said.

Man driving stolen car faces charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged with theft Thursday after the Jeep Cherokee he was driving was found to be stolen, police said.

Zachary Tobias Duncan, 36, of Alesandra Court, was stopped by a Frederick Police officer who noticed that a headlight on the vehicle was out, police said.

A computer check revealed that the Jeep had been stolen from a Virginia car rental company, police said.

Duncan also was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Cash stolen from pizza parlor register

FREDERICK, Md. - Someone broke into Fox's Pizza Den and stole "a moderate amount of cash," Frederick Police said Thursday.

The restaurant is at 50 N. McCain Drive in Frederick, near Frederick Towne Mall.

Pa. man charged with stealing car

FREDERICK, Md. - A Glen Rock, Pa., man was charged Thursday with stealing a car from his former employer, Frederick Police said.

Sean Anthony Acri, 31, was charged with stealing a car from a Ford dealership in Hanover after he was dismissed from his job, police said.

Acri was arrested while working at his new job as a salesman at Jenkins Motors on East Street in Frederick, police said. Acri was arrested in that dealership's showroom, police said.

He was charged with motor vehicle theft and theft under $500.

Vehicles vandalized in parking lot

FREDERICK, Md. - Four vehicles were broken into Wednesday and Thursday in the parking lot of Fieldpointe Apartments on Prospect Boulevard in Frederick, police said.

At least two vehicles were unlocked, police said. The window on another vehicle was broken, but nothing was taken.

Police said compact disc players, compact discs and other loose items were taken from the vehicles.

Emergency phone lines out of order

FREDERICK, Md. - Certain phone lines at the Frederick County emergency services, the sheriff's department and the Maryland State Police offices were out of order Thursday night.

A sergeant with the Frederick Police Department, where the phones still worked, said the outage had lasted for a while, but he didn't know what caused it.

He suggested that a fire on East Street in Frederick may have been to blame, but a Frederick County emergency dispatcher said the smoke supposedly coming from a building there turned out to be steam.

The dispatcher said at 10:20 p.m. that one of the emergency services phone lines had not been working for a couple of hours, but 911 calls still were coming in on another line.

Verizon spokeswoman Sandra Arnette said at 11 p.m. she could not determine the source of the problem.

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