MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man sought in connection with breaking-and-enterings at several businesses in recent weeks was caught by police Tuesday evening after a vehicle and foot pursuit that began on U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg and ended in an apple orchard near Hedgesville, W.Va.
Ronald Dale "Georgie" Whetzel, 37, of 4379 Shepherdstown Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of conspiracy, two counts of grand larceny and one count of obstructing an officer, court records show.
Snow set Whetzel's bond at $165,000.
Whetzel was captured after he was chased by police on foot in an apple orchard near Laurel Ridge subdivision, records show.
West Virginia State Police Trooper J.S. Chumley said in his complaint that he and Trooper J.D. Burkhart joined the pursuit of Whetzel at Ridge Road South after learning Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies were chasing a red Dodge truck about 7:32 p.m.