All police briefs for 10-28

October 28, 2004

Hagerstown Police respond to calls

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls since Tuesday, according to Sgt. Curt Wood:

· At 6:18 a.m., a girls 20-inch bicycle was found in the 100 block of South Potomac Street.

· At 7:39 a.m., domestic violence was reported in the 100 block of North Locust Street.

· At 6:42 p.m., dishes, a blanket and dinnerware, valued at $50, were reported stolen from the 200 block of North Locust Street.

· At 11:43 p.m., a boys Mongoose bicycle, valued at $300, was reported stolen from the 600 block of South Potomac Street.

Police investigating vehicle break-in

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police were investigating a theft Saturday evening from a vehicle parked outside the Christian Light Bookstore at 1108 Sheller Ave.


Police said the passenger-side window of a Honda belonging to Jill Sipes-Sellers, address unavailable, was smashed at about 6:30 p.m. and unspecified items were stolen.

Anyone with information about the theft can call police at 717-264-4131.

Police mum on Berkeley break-ins

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police would not release any further information Wednesday about a courthouse annex break-in Monday night or Tuesday morning that ended with an undetermined amount of taxpayers' money stolen.

Cpl. Terry Stanley, with the Martinsburg Police Department, said the exact amount of money stolen has not been determined. He said police have not determined how the thief entered the building.

The case remained under investigation, Stanley said.

Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith said tellers' drawers and small safes in the Tax Department were broken into. The thief tried unsuccessfully to break into the building's larger vault, Smith said.

The county's main courthouse, adjacent to the annex, also was broken into, with the thief entering the office that issues hunting and fishing licenses. Stanley said nothing was taken from that building.

Berkeley County Commissioner Howard Strauss said he plans to discuss the situation at today's County Commission meeting.

City man charged in liquor store break-in

A Hagerstown man was charged in connection with a Wednesday morning break-in at Central City Liquors, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Willie Ray Villery, 52, a resident at the Dagmar Hotel, is charged with second-degree breaking and entering, damage to property more than $500 and a misdemeanor count of theft, according to police.

Police said a witness reported at about 6:24 a.m., that a man left the liquor store on a bicycle. Villery was found riding a bicycle on West Antietam Street and was carrying a garbage bag full of cigarette cartons, police allege.

Man sought on probation violation

The Hagerstown Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in finding a Hagerstown man wanted on Washington County District Court and Circuit Court warrants.

Police said Stephen A. Hoopengarner, 22, whose last known address was 302 N. Potomac St., Apt. 3N, is wanted on a September Circuit Court bench warrant issued for a violation of probation and an August District Court bench warrant for failing to appear in court for a traffic offense.

Hoopengarner is described as a white man, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about Hoopengarner's whereabouts call 301-790-3700, ext. 234 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

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