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Stolen property from burglaries unclaimed

August 21, 2005

Some stolen property recovered after three teens were charged Wednesday with a Williamsport-area burglary spree last week remains unclaimed at the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Investigator Greg Alton said.

"We recovered a lot of stolen property, but now we have property that's unclaimed that we need to find owners for," Alton said.

The spree, in which more than $10,000 worth of items were stolen this month from a reported 16 unlocked vehicles, has more than 20 victims, he said.

Alton said he thinks some people might not have reported thefts from their cars during the course of the spree, which began Aug. 8 and ended Aug. 13. The Sheriff's Department still has the following property unclaimed: Car speakers, a 35-mm camera, binoculars, "Bonanza" memorabilia, a digital clock and a DVD player, he said.

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A 16-year-old Williamsport-area boy, a 17-year-old Smithsburg-area boy and a 17-year-old girl, whose address is in Orlando, Fla. but is staying with relatives in Hagerstown, were arrested and charged Wednesday in the thefts, Alton said.

They are facing juvenile charges of felony theft, misdemeanor theft, conspiracy to commit theft and theft scheme, he said.

In one of two stolen laptops recovered from the spree, Alton said the youths wrote a song about the thefts.

Alton said anyone who believes the unclaimed property might belong to them may call him at 240-313-2185 or call 301-573-0893.

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