Hagerstown men charged in Martinsburg break-in

August 25, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Hagerstown men were arrested early Thursday after one of them allegedly broke into a north Berkeley County business and stole two cash registers containing about $200, magistrate court records show.

Richard W. Knotts of Water Street and James B. Campbell of Frederick Street, both 25, were arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who set a $100,000 bond for each case.

Knotts was charged by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Sgt. D.L. Steerman with breaking and entering Bedington Crossroads Store off U.S. 11 and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, records show.

Campbell was charged with accessory to breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit the crime, records show.

According to a complaint by Steerman, a witness told an emergency dispatcher that one of the men had thrown a large rock through glass in the door to the business to get inside.


After leaving with the registers, the robbers apparently removed the cash from them and discarded the machines on Mouth of the Opequon Road, where police said they were found.

Police said the cash was found beneath the passenger seat of the suspected getaway vehicle that was being driven by Campbell when Deputy Steve Crites stopped it on Brown Road.

Broken glass was found on the passenger side of the white passenger car where Knotts was seated, police said.

A security video tape recording "clearly showed (Knotts) in the store and committing the breaking and entering," Steerman said in his complaint.

"The involved vehicle was also seen on the tape in front of the store," Steerman said in the complaint.

Police said Campbell later told them that Knotts had broken into the business and that he drove the car.

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