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Police log 7/15

July 16, 2004

Motorcycle, scooter reported stolen



SMITHSBURG - A motorcycle and motor scooter were reportedly stolen from a Smithsburg residence between Tuesday at 10 p.m. and Wednesday at 10 a.m., according to the Smithsburg Police Department.

Police said a garage to the rear of 42 N. Main St. was burglarized, and a 2004 Suzuki and a scooter, which was not described, were taken.

Police said the yellow motorcycle, bearing a temporary Virginia registration, is worth about $8,500.

Police believe the vehicles were loaded on to a waiting truck, possibly parked on North Main Street.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 301-824-3500 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.




ATVs stolen from Boonsboro-area home



BOONSBORO - Two ATVs were reportedly stolen from a Boonsboro-area residence between noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the thefts of a 2003 Yamaha Banshee 350 and a 2003 Honda Sportrax 250 were reported at 18812 Lappans Road. The vehicles are worth a total of $6,000, police said.

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Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 301-739-2101.




Crime on the rise at city parking decks



FREDERICK, Md. - Incidents of vandalism and theft are on the rise in parking decks in the Frederick area, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Police said an increase in officers will be implemented to attempt to curb the problem. Still, police strongly recommend that motorists secure vehicles properly and do not leave items such as purses, cell phones, laptop computers, CDs, CD players, money and credit cards in open view.




Motorists treated following crash

Two motorists were taken to Washington County Hospital on Tuesday evening following a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Marsh Pike and Gentry Drive, a Washington County 911 Center dispatcher said.

The accident, involving a Honda Accord and a Dodge Durango, was reported at 10 p.m., the dispatcher said.

The dispatcher said two people were injured, one of whom had to be cut out of the vehicle and sustained serious chest injuries.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tim Baker said the driver of the Durango was identified as Jeffrey Bitner, 34, and the driver of the Accord was identified as James Oftmann, 37. Their addresses were not listed in the report, he said. He said the Accord was listed in the report as the at-fault vehicle.

Bitner was treated in the hospital emergency room Wednesday morning, though his condition was unavailable Wednesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said. Oftmann was listed in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

An Allegheny Power pole was damaged in the accident, Baker said.

Marsh Pike was closed for more than 30 minutes as a result of the accident, the dispatcher said.




Trucker drives off after $198 fill up



An International truck drove off without paying for $198 worth of fuel from Pilot Travel Center, at 11633 Greencastle Pike, Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., said Washington County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Roy Harsh.

He said the vehicle was orange with Florida tags.

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