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Hagerstown man accused of trying to sell stolen tools

December 01, 2006

A Hagerstown man is accused of trying to sell stolen goods after tools worth about $800 were found in his van, police said.

Richard Althea Mowery, 49, of 536 George St., is charged in two separate cases with theft of $500 or more, according to District Court records.

The Sheriff's Department accuses Mowery of trying to sell stolen tools to employees of an auto-parts store in Williamsport on Oct. 27.

The department said deputies arrested Mowery at about 7 p.m. Saturday on Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown on an outstanding warrant from the Hagerstown Police Department.

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During a search of Mowery's van, deputies found tools worth about $800 that were reported stolen from a work truck about an hour before the arrest, the Sheriff's Department said.

A rust-colored Jeep Wagoneer with historic tags or a blue 1993 Plymouth might have been used when the tools were being sold in Williamsport, the Sheriff's Department said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday was asking for help from anyone who might have purchased tools from Mowery.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call Investigator Greg Alton at 240-313-2185.

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