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Sheriff's Department wants anonymous caller to call back

July 07, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton is asking a man who called him anonymously in reference to a police log item that ran in The Herald-Mail Saturday about stolen building supplies to call him back.

He said that the man called about the possible location of additional property possibly linked to a series of thefts from homes under construction that occurred within the county in late 2004 and throughout this year.

The thefts are under investigation and no charges had been filed by Wednesday afternoon, Alton said.

"He does not have to give me his name or even testify," Alton said.

He asked that the man call him either at the department at 240-313-2185 or call him on his cell phone at 301-573-0893.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department asked last week for the rightful owners of stolen building supplies, materials and appliances recovered during a recent search of a Falling Waters, W.Va., home to come forward.

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Alton has said that county police, the Hagerstown Police Department and West Virginia State Police in Martinsburg, W.Va., found a "large amount of building supplies, materials and appliances that looked like they were going to be placed into homes" during a recent search of a Falling Waters home as part of an investigation into the series of thefts from homes under construction.

Police found lumber, a large amount of light switches, appliances, toolboxes, tools and wiring, he has said.

Inside one of the toolboxes, Kim Nigh was written on a pencil, Alton has said. Information leads police to believe that some of the property may belong to someone named Ed Reedy, he has said.

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