Man sought in burglaries

June 25, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police are looking for a man who stole purses, checks and other items Friday morning from three Berkeley County schools, which he entered by claiming he was a maintenance worker, police said.

The schools the man entered were Musselman High School and Mill Creek Intermediate School in Inwood, W.Va., and Martinsburg High School, where the man's photograph was captured by a surveillance video camera, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Cpl. B.F. Hall said.

The schools were open for summer classes, routine maintenance and training, Hall said.

The man stole a checkbook from an employee at Musselman High School and forged her signature on blank checks. He then cashed the checks at the Jefferson Security Bank branch on U.S. 11 across from the high school, police said.


The first school to be entered was Martinsburg High School, which the man walked into around 8 a.m., Hall said.

Mill Creek Intermediate School then was entered, followed by Musselman High School.

The checks were cashed around 10 a.m., police said.

The man might have been driving a dark blue minivan, police said.

The man is described as being 30 to 35 years old, around 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing around 210 pounds. He had brown hair, appeared unshaven and had several tattoos on his arms, police said.

Anyone with information on the incidents may call Hall at 304-267-7000, Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman J.R. Butcher at 304-264-2100 or the anonymous Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

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