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Crowbar left at scene of pizza shop break-in

June 07, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A crowbar left behind at the scene of a breaking and entering in Martinsburg last weekend has city police searching for a man who they believe might have information on the case.

Police are looking for a clean-shaven white man who was captured on a video surveillance camera leaving the Wal-Mart at Foxcroft Avenue after purchasing a crowbar. The tool resembled one left behind at the scene of a break-in at a nearby Jerry's Subs and Pizza Shop, said Detective Sgt. G. Swartwood.

"It appears to be very similar to the crowbars at Wal-Mart," Swartwood said Tuesday.

The crowbar that was left behind after the break-in appeared to be new, according to police

The man, who is believed to be in his early 20s and of medium build with sandy or brown hair, might have been driving a gold or champagne four-door sedan with tinted rear windows, according to a police press release.

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Police say the man is a person of interest and not a suspect in the crime.

According to police, a rear door of the restaurant was pried open with a crowbar about 2:40 a.m. Sunday and two safes were stolen from the office.

The amount of money in each safe was not disclosed.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact Patrolman W. Parks at 304-264-2100 or call the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999. A $1,000 reward is being offered in exchange for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in the break-in, police say.

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