Police briefs

August 14, 2004

Police: Break-ins in Pa. may be related

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Break-ins at four churches late Thursday or early Friday may be related - to each other and to several other burglaries overnight, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday afternoon.

Burglars took approximately $160 in cash from a desk drawer at Greencastle Baptist Church, 23277 Buchanan Trail West, police said.

Some property also was taken from West Brethren in Christ Church, 2665 Lincoln Way West, by burglars who got in by prying open a basement window Friday, police said.

Sometime between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, someone entered Grace Brethren Church, 315 Edwards Ave., through a north window, police said.

A northwest window at Solomons Church of Christ, 1594 Swamp Fox Road, was used to gain entry between 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday, police said.


At those two churches, nothing was taken, but items were scattered, police said.

Several businesses also reported similar break-ins during that time, police said.

Anyone with information about these crimes may call 717-264-5161.

Police still seeking inmate who took SUV

Police continue to search Friday for an inmate who stole a 2000 Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle while on work release Thursday at the Forty West Landfill and drove away, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Floyd Middlebrook, 33, was serving 10 years for burglary at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. He had been assigned to do miscellaneous jobs at the landfill off U.S. 40 near Huyetts.

"He drove through a rear gate at the landfill and has not been seen since," Trooper 1st Class Troy McDonough said.

Middlebrook was described as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 173 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a white skull cap, a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown boots, police said.

Two vehicles collide on Lincoln Way East

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A two-vehicle crash occurred Friday morning in the 2000 block of Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

A 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Yong Shank, 59, of Chambersburg, was westbound at 11:35 a.m. when it veered into the center lane to avoid hitting a car in front of it, striking an eastbound 2000 Pontiac Montana driven by Theresa Stark, 44, of Stuarts Draft, Va., police said.

Police said one of two passengers in Stark's vehicle received moderate injuries in the collision. No further information was available Friday night on whether anyone was hospitalized.

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