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Police seek information on break-ins

January 25, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department are seeking the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for a series of recent commercial building break-ins in the county.

Police believe an attempted break-in at a Clear Spring restaurant, a break-in at a Clear Spring diner and a break-in at a Hagers- town salon over the past couple of days might be linked.

State Police Sgt. Dave Bowers said a broken window was found at Windy Hill Restaurant, 13120 Clear Spring Road, at about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

"Nothing inside appeared to be disturbed," he said.

Bowers said the break-in occurred between 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday.

He said a nearby Exxon was vandalized the day before.

Sheriff's Department Investigator Greg Alton said deputies found a broken window at Blue Eyes Salon, 18129A W. Oak Ridge Drive, at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, after responding to the business for an alarm.

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"The suspects broke a window and tampered with the cash register, but apparently weren't able to get it open," Alton said.

At 1:12 a.m., an alarm sounded at Clear Spring Country Diner, 11855 National Pike, Alton said. Deputies found the glass to the business' front door broken and that the cash register was stolen, he said. The cash register contained $25.

Alton said there have been more than a handful of similar burglaries reported at commercial buildings since Jan. 1.

Police are looking at possible links, Alton and Bowers said.

Bowers asks anyone with information on the Windy Hill Restaurant break-in or gas station vandalism to call state police at 301-739-2101 or 301-791-4686.

Alton asks anyone with information on the diner, salon or other county break-ins to call him at 240-313-2185.

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