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Police arrest two in burglary spree

December 12, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Two Berkeley County men have been charged following a burglary spree in the last several months in which as many as 10 homes were targeted, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Joshua Leonard and Jason Springer, both of Nadenbousch Lane, each have been charged with seven counts of burglary, Deputy S.D. Myers said.

An investigation is continuing, Myers said.

Leonard, 19, of 1596 Nadenbousch Lane, and Springer, age unavailable, were being held on $20,000 bond Sunday night in the Eastern Regional Jail, a spokesman there said.

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The burglaries resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to homes and the theft of guns, jewelry and tools, according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

The sheriff's department and West Virginia State Police have been investigating the thefts and investigators got a break in the case Friday when three homes were broken into in the Tuscarora Pike, Butlers Chapel Road and Buck Hill Road areas, the release said.

Myers responded to one of the homes on Tuscarora Pike and met with a neighbor who saw a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck parked at the house. The neighbor became suspicious and called police, the release said.

Myers went to the house and determined it had been ransacked. A gun safe had been broken into and a pistol and some cordless power tools had been stolen, the release said.

Patrolman R.E. Butcher Jr. of the Martinsburg Police Department later received a call about a white pickup truck that was spotted at a Dumpster behind a 7-Eleven store on North Queen Street, police said.

A safe that had been recovered from another breaking and entering on Tuscarora Pike was observed being thrown into the Dumpster, the release said.

In the investigation, officers with the sheriff's department, the state police and the Martinsburg Police Department spent several days collecting stolen items from pawn shops in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, police said.

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