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Police briefs

April 14, 2005

City woman victim of scam on Internet bid


A Hagerstown woman became the victim of a Chicago-based scam after she wired money for a motorcycle on which she bid on eBay to an alleged seller who contacted her by e-mail, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

The woman wired money to the alleged Chicago seller, but never received the motorcycle, police said.

The unknown seller gave an address that was found to be false by Chicago police, according to the release.

According to Chicago authorities, a group in Chicago monitors auctions on eBay and then contacts the bidder by e-mail, at which time the bidder is given a chance to buy the item outright. Money is then wired to Chicago and picked up by the scammers. The crime is not reported for several days because the victim is unaware of a problem until the purchase is not delivered, according to the release.

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Maryland State Police advised eBay bidders to be aware of unsolicited e-mails.

Hagerstown police respond to calls


The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls since Monday, Lt. Mike King said in a news release:

Monday:

· Property was reported damaged in the 100 block of West Washington Street.

· A gas grill was reported stolen from the 900 block of Noland Drive.

· Property was reported damaged in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

· A motor vehicle was reported damaged in the 17800 block of Garland Groh Boulevard.

Tuesday:

· A laptop computer was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at Martin's on Wesel Boulevard.

Child safety seat inspection planned


Maryland State Police will be conducting a Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Friday at the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway's fire hall.

The checkpoint, which will be held rain or shine, will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Hagerstown Police Department will assist with the checkpoint, according to the release.

The checkpoint is being held to educate the public on the proper use and installation of child safety seats. Police ask anyone with questions or problems with their child safety seats or if they need one installed to come to the checkpoint Friday. There is no charge for the service.

Two men charged in armed robbery


MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Two men were charged Sunday in connection with a March 21 armed robbery at James Gang Pizzeria in Middletown, Md., the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Jason Charles Price, 20, of 7203 Limestone Lane in Middletown, and Thomas Kenneth Allen, 18, of 108 Ridge Road in Gaithersburg, Md., were served with arrest warrants Sunday afternoon at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. They were wanted in connection with the robbery and were apprehended earlier Sunday in the Weverton area of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The investigation is continuing, according to the release.

Price was charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault and theft more than $500. Allen was charged with armed robbery, second-degree assault and theft less than $500.

Police gave the following account of the robbery at the 809 E. Main St. pizzeria on March 21: At 8:27 p.m., deputies were told that three white men approached one of the pizzeria's delivery people and demanded money as he walked to his car. One of the men allegedly pointed a handgun at the delivery person. The men then stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot.

At 10:50 that night, deputies who had obtained a description of the suspects' vehicle, stopped a 2000 Dodge Neon on Main Street in Middletown and two suspects were detained for questioning.

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