Police briefs

October 06, 2006

Witnesses help snuff theft attempt

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 22-year-old man was "tackled" and then detained by two patrons Thursday outside the Sheetz off Edwin Miller Boulevard after they realized he allegedly grabbed a bank bag from a Martinsburg businessman inside, police said.

Jason Neil Ennis of 102 Eclipse Court, Martinsburg, was charged with petit larceny after he was turned over to Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies who responded to the scene, according to Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison's complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

Ennis also was charged with writing two worthless checks and a $20,400 cash bond was set in an arraignment hearing held by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, records show.

The businessman was holding the bag containing $473 in cash under his arm inside the store when Ennis grabbed it and fled, Harmison said.


Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls:


· At 1:30 a.m., a residence in the 8700 block of Slabtown Road, east of Hancock, was reported broken into through a window. A Dell computer valued at $1,200 was stolen. Damage to the window was estimated at $100.


· At 3:30 p.m., a glass door at a residence in the 16300 block of Broadfording Road, northwest of Hagerstown, was reported shot with a BB. The damage was estimated at $300.

· At 4:30 p.m., a residence in the 17200 block of Reiff Church Road in Cearfoss was reported broken into. A bottle of the pain reliever Vicodin was taken.

Lt. Mark Knight said the department had two calls in the last week or so for thefts at real estate open houses. He said jewelry was taken by people who attended the open houses.

Pa. man charged with resisting arrest

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 33-year-old McConnellsburg man is accused of threatening two police officers who responded when he allegedly hit a 22-year-old woman.

Oscar Vergara-Garcia was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and harassment after the alleged incident Wednesday evening in the 100 block of North Sixth Street in Todd Township, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said.

Driver faces drug possession charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A motorist who was pulled over for driving a vehicle without proper plate lights was charged with drug violations, the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff's Department said.

Philip S. Linthicum, 31, of New Market, Md., was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and driving on a revoked license after the stop at 1:56 a.m. Monday on Md. 355 and Walser Drive.

Man found near school faces charges

FREDERICK, Md. - A man seen staggering toward the front doors of a school allegedly was carrying fake government documents, the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff's Department said.

Nextali Romero, 41, of no fixed address, was found a short distance from Crestwood Middle School on Foxcroft Drive, after deputies arrived at the scene at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Romero, who allegedly was found to be in possession of a fake resident alien identification card and Social Security card, was charged with possession of fraudulent government documents, police said.

Man reports being robbed in Hagerstown

A white man wearing a hat and a sweat shirt grabbed a man, showed a handgun and robbed the victim in an incident on Sherman Avenue at Elmwood Road in Hagerstown Thursday night, police said.

According to a police department press release, the 18-year-old victim was walking in the area shortly before 10 p.m. when he passed two males. One of the males grabbed the victim and took several items from him before fleeing on foot. The victim was not injured, police said.

Police on Thursday night were looking for a white man 5 feet 9 inches tall wearing a black hat with possible white writing, black puffy jacket, white hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information about the suspect may call police at 301-790-3700.

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