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Deputies seek input in vehicle break-ins

October 08, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is asking residents for help after numerous vehicles have been broken into within the last two weeks in Greenberry Hills in Halfway and in Orchard Hills north of Hagerstown.

And a burgundy 1994 Buick Century sedan was reported stolen from Greenberry Hills on Wednesday morning, Sgt. Mark Knight said. That theft could be related to the vehicle break-ins, he said.

The Buick, with Maryland tag MDY543, was reported stolen at 8 a.m. from the 11500 block of Englewood Road, Knight said.

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As for the break-ins, Knight said, "Obviously they're looking for money or change." It appears the thief or thieves is throwing out other items.

Knight said he did not know if all the vehicles that had been broken into had been locked.

"People need to lock their cars and put their valuables in the trunk or take them in the house," Knight said.

Deputies ask that anyone who sees a suspicious person or vehicle in their neighborhood call the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020.

They also suggest that drivers park their vehicles close to their homes and under an outside light, according to a police news release.

Other related incidents Wednesday were:

· Reported at 8 a.m., a purse was stolen from a 2001 Nissan Sentra that was broken into in the 11400 block of Manse Road in Greenberry Hills.

· Reported at 10:30 a.m., a jacket and two eyeglass cases were taken from a 2001 Ford Escape in the 17700 block of Burnside Avenue in Greenberry Hills was

Deputies found the items along a road and returned them, Knight said.

· Reported at 10:30 a.m., the theft of $100 in cash and miscellaneous papers from a vehicle in the 17700 block of Winterberry Road in Greenberry Hills.

Deputies found the papers along the road and returned them.

· A stolen book bag was found by a neighbor in Greenberry Hills before the bag was reported stolen from a Chevy S-10 pickup that had been broken into in the 11400 block of Englewood Road.

The book bag was found at 11 a.m. by a neighbor in that block. It was reported stolen at 12:30 p.m. The pickup was accessed through its rear window.

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