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Feds offer reward in post office break-in

October 13, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Postal officials said Thursday they are offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who offers information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone for a break-in at the Shepherdstown post office earlier this week.

Investigators were still trying to determine Thursday whether anything was stolen from the post office, including anyone's mail, said U.S. Postal inspector Bruce Hammerle.

If anyone believes they are missing mail, they should call the post office at 304-876-2370, Hammerle said.

Anyone with information about the break-in can report it by calling 800-846-4677 and asking for Hammerle or Charles Gerhart, Hammerle said.

Hammerle said it appears the post office at King and Washington streets was broken into Tuesday night or Wednesday morning when entry was made through a window.

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Hammerle declined to say whether the post office has a security system.

"We're not exactly sure what they were looking for," Hammerle said.

The post office was closed for several hours Wednesday morning as part of the investigation, although the post office was open by late Wednesday afternoon.

Police believe the post office break-in might be related to three other incidents including one that began sometime before 6 a.m. Wednesday when a cash register in the China Kitchen restaurant at King and German streets was pried open and cash was taken, said Patrolman Brad Dusek of the Shepherdstown Police Department.

The other two incidents included an attempted break-in at Jefferson Security Bank on Washington Street and a burglary at TLC Photography on W.Va. 45, Dusek said.

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