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Men arrested on various charges

December 18, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - Two men taken into police custody Thursday after they were spotted peering into cars at the Harpers Ferry Train Station were charged with several offenses, including bringing stolen property into the state, according to police.

Joseph Lee Womack, 55, of Washington, D.C., was charged with being a fugitive from Maryland, receiving/transferring stolen property, possession of stolen checks, petit larceny and obstructing police.

Womack initially gave officers with the Harpers Ferry Police Department false information. After his fingerprints were faxed to the FBI lab in Clarksburg, W.Va., officers learned of his real name, Harpers Ferry Police Department Chief D.H. Buracker said.

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Police also learned that Womack uses 73 aliases, and has provided nine Social Security numbers and 23 dates of birth, Buracker said.

Michael Kenneth Collins, 39, also of Washington, D.C., was charged with driving on a suspended driver's license, no insurance, transferring/receiving stolen property, no registration and improper registration.

Buracker received a call at 2:24 p.m. that two men were looking into cars at the train station, and that the men then had left in a Dodge sedan.

Buracker and Patrolman Brian Dolan stopped the car on Shenandoah Street after the license plate came back as being registered to a different car, police said.

Inside the car, police found three blank checks that had been stolen from a Kensington, Md., man, several empty prepaid MasterCard cards, empty wallets and burglary tools inside an open backpack, Buracker wrote in court records.

"These subjects were also positively identified by the National Park Service law enforcement rangers as the same two subjects responsible for (an Aug. 31) incident where a vehicle was broken into and credit cards were stolen and used later at two different locations in Jefferson County. These incidents were videotaped," Buracker wrote in court records.

Collins was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bail, while Womack was being held on $50,000 bail.

National Park Service officials still are investigating, Buracker said.

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