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Three charged in alleged attempt to sell stolen goods

August 30, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police on Monday foiled an apparent plan by four people to steal medication and other personal items from two Maryland stores and take them to a Martinsburg pawn shop for money, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Jose Ma Mojica-Martinez, 24, and his girlfriend, Amber Lynn Files, 19, both of Winchester, Va., and Floyd Allen Morris, 38, P.O. Box 552, Falling Waters, W.Va., each were charged with transporting stolen property into the state, conspiracy to take the stolen merchandise into West Virginia and attempting to transfer stolen property, records show.

Mojica-Martinez also was charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin) after being arrested about 4:45 p.m. by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Burkhart in the parking lot of Frazier's Pawn Shop off North Queen Street.

All three were arraigned Tuesday morning by Magistrate Harry Snow, who set $10,000 bonds for Morris and Files. A $15,000 bond was set for Mojica-Martinez' case. A fourth man was detained by the Washington County Sheriff's Department after he allegedly stole Claritin, Prilosec and various other medications at a Hagerstown-area Kmart, Burkhart said. The trooper was contacted by Washington County investigators about the arrest of the man at 4:20 p.m., and told of the supposed plan to pawn the medications.

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In his complaint filed in magistrate court, Burkhart said police recovered 12 boxes of Claritin allergy medication, two bottles of Pepcid antacid, two packs of Abreva cold sore treatment, one bottle of Zantrex-3 dietary supplements, five boxes of Lotrimin Ultra cream, seven boxes of Refresh Contacts, five boxes of Refresh Tears and one container of L'Oreal dry skin cream. The total value of the property recovered was $389.80, Burkhart said.

A pawn shop clerk described Morris as being the white male with long hair who actually entered the business and attempted to at least sell the Claritin to him, Burkhart said. Files and her boyfriend were found by Burkhart seated in a red Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot, records state.

Burkhart said Files later admitted to him that she and a friend had stolen some of the items from the Target store and a Kmart in the Hagerstown area, records show.

The heroin taken from Mojica-Martinez was in his pants pocket and the accused supposedly told Burkhart he was "trying it," according to court records.

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