Police briefs

March 15, 2005

Help sought in January robbery

Washington County Crime Solvers is asking for the public's help in solving a January robbery in which the victim later died.

At noon on Jan. 4, Winnie Perkins Gelvin was knocked down outside her home on Hebb Road, just outside Funkstown, and her purse was taken, according Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante of Crime Solvers.

Gelvin was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she died from complications from her injuries, Plante said in a news release.

Gelvin was 86 years old, according to her obituary.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case.

Crime Solvers is offering rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. In addition, Gelvin's family is offering a $10,000 reward.


Plante said that anyone with information about the case may call Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Man asks children to get into his car

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said they were investigating "suspicious circumstances" involving a man who asked two elementary school children to get in his car Monday afternoon.

The incident happened on Porterstown Road, near Keedysville, at about 2:15 p.m., police said in a news release.

The man's vehicle was described as a new, bright red, four-door sports-type car. It had shiny wheels, a loud exhaust and plastic and duct tape over the passenger-side front-window opening. The first three digits of the license plate were thought to be X26.

No description of the driver was given.

Police have asked anyone with information to call them at 301-739-2101.

Man suspected of firing shots in plant

FREDERICK, Md. - A man was apprehended Monday after he allegedly fired a weapon inside a wastewater treatment plant, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said.

Police said that deputies went to the treatment plant on Marcies Choice Lane, south of Frederick, shortly after 8 p.m. to investigate a report of a man firing shots inside.

Deputies made their way inside as shots were being fired, found the man and apprehended him, police said in a news release.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital for an emergency evaluation.

Other employees were inside the building as the shots were fired, but no one was injured, police said.

Money taken during W.Va. armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Money was taken during an armed robbery Monday morning at a house in the Royal Crest subdivision near the Eastern Regional Jail, West Virginia State Police said.

The robbery occurred at about 3:30 a.m. when two men carrying semi-automatic pistols went to a home on Majestic Drive, said Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

There was a man and woman in the house and one of the assailants placed the man in a choke hold and held a gun to his head, Burnett said.

The second assailant escorted the woman to a back room and demanded the whereabouts of some money, Burnett said.

The woman is the manager of the Club Venus Sportsbar, Burnett said.

Money, a pistol and a blank check were taken out of a duffel bag, said Burnett.

The assailants were described as black males and one was wearing blue jeans, a black coat and possibly had a thin mustache or goatee, Burnett said.

The second man was wearing camouflage, Burnett said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Trooper N.A. Harmon at 304-267-0001.

Thefts investigated at Fort Loudon homes

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating three thefts from Main Street homes over the weekend.

Between 10 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said a Mongoose bicycle was stolen from in front of one home, a Pioneer speaker box and prescription safety glasses were stolen from a vehicle and gas was siphoned from another vehicle.

Door of tax service kicked in, cops say

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The rear door of a tax preparation service office was kicked in over the weekend, but nothing was reported stolen, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The H&R Block office at 1758 Lincoln Way East was broken into between 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Cash stolen from Franklin Shopper

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Petty cash was stolen from the offices of The Franklin Shopper over the weekend, according to borough police.

The offices in the Professional Arts Building, 25 Pencraft Ave., were entered between Friday night and Monday morning, police said.

Police investigate abduction attempt

An attempted abduction involving two children was reported in Hagertown Sunday evening, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Police said a man approached two children, ages 7 and 8, at a vending machine in the 300 block of North Locust Street at about 5:45 p.m. Police said the man opened his trunk and approached the children, grabbing one of them. The youngsters ran from the area. Police did not report injuries in the incident.

Police said the man was in an older-model, blue, four-door vehicle. The man was described as light-skinned, likely between 40 and 50 years old and balding.

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