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Police say burglar entered pizza shop through air duct

September 09, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Hagerstown man was charged Wednesday morning with breaking into a downtown pizza shop after police found him with blood on his shirt and with fish, chicken and frozen items in his possession, Sgt. Curt Wood of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Police charged Gary Lee Sherman Jr., 26, of 217 High St. in Hagerstown, with second- and fourth-degree burglary, theft more than $500 and malicious destruction of property worth more than $500 in connection with a burglary at O'Donald's Pizza, at 66 E. Franklin St., Sgt. George L. Knight Jr. said in a news release.

Officer Michelle Deavers saw a man riding a bicycle after the burglary was reported at 2:58 a.m. She saw "some blood on his shirt and other officers were dispatched to O'Donald's Pizza," Wood said.

Knight said Deavers saw the man holding a bag, which she later found contained "a large amount of frozen food that traced back to O'Donald's Pizza."

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Wood said the man "took some fish and some chicken and some frozen items. Apparently, he was hungry."

Officers found that a man "had entered the store via an air conditioning duct on the roof, and had actually landed on the counter of the store," Knight said in the release.

"He moved around a bunch of ceiling tiles and stuff to get in. He was in and about the ceiling tiles," Wood said.

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