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Martinsburg break-ins investigated

August 24, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four businesses in Martinsburg were targeted in a series of breaking-and-entering crimes in a matter of hours early Tuesday, according to a news release from the Martinsburg Police Department.

A cash register and a small amount of money were taken from Giovanni's New York Pizza at 134 Eagle School Road about 1:20 a.m. Police said a surveillance system recorded a slender white male wearing a head garment inside the business at the time.

One hour and 25 minutes later, police discovered a cash register had been taken from the Old Berkeley Pub at 329 Winchester Ave., after someone broke a window to get inside the business, police said.

At 3:10 a.m., police were dispatched to an "intrusion alarm" at Exotic Customs at 1205 N. Queen St. Authorities did not believe anything was taken after the perpetrator gained access through a window.

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A fourth break-in at Zepplins, 480 Williamsport Pike, was reported at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Police believe the forced entry through a back door of the establishment also happened in the early-morning hours Tuesday.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from machines inside Zepplins and a significant amount of property was damaged, Lt. J. McMillen said in the release.

The police department is examining items of evidence and are seeking information from citizens regarding the crimes. Individuals with information may call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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