April 11, 2007

Van stolen at gunpoint recovered today, police say

A van stolen at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon was recovered today just before 5 a.m. in the 600 block of Linganore Avenue - not far from where it was taken, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Det. Christopher Kayser said no one was around the van when it was discovered at 4:47 a.m.

A man with a gun stole the van from a Hagerstown man who had parked the vehicle at the 7-Eleven on Salem Avenue on Tuesday, police said.

A black man in his mid- to late-20s with a gold tooth approached the victim after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot and told him he was taking his belongings, police said.

The victim, who was standing outside his van at the time of the robbery, told police he saw the robber drive off in the van, which turned left onto Linganore Avenue after making a left onto Central Avenue, then an immediate right into the alley that runs parallel to Salem Avenue, police said.


The robber is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 270 pounds, and he is considered armed and dangerous, police said. He was wearing a black hat and hooded sweat shirt, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 301-790-3700.

Four held Tuesday in counterfeiting

Four arrests were made Tuesday after Hagerstown Police were alerted by merchants at the Centre at Hagerstown of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at a number of stores.

Lt. Michael King said detectives located the vehicle the males were traveling in parked in front of Wal-Mart. When the males returned to the vehicle they were approached by the detectives.

King said several counterfeit $100 bills were located on the men and in the vehicle. Through the investigation it was learned that the males had passed counterfeit bills at the following locations:

Dick's Sporting Goods, Famous Footwear, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Office Max, A.C. Moore, Bed Bath and Beyond and Circuit City.

There were attempts at several other stores at the shopping center. The United States Secret Service and the Maryland State Police assisted in this investigation, King said.

Those arrested were:

Guillermo Ranfrey Garcia-Barrios, 18, unknown address in Langley Park area;

Antonio Zuniga Quintanilla, 50, unknown address in Langley Park area;

Jose Alejandro Melgar Coro, 21, of 8300 14th St., Hyattsville, Md.

A 17-year-old juvenile was also taken into custody.

King said all were charged with various counts of felony theft scheme, uttering of counterfeit currency, theft, possession of counterfeit currency and conspiracy.

Police on lookout for missing puppy

Hagerstown Police are on the lookout for a missing 3-month-old Pomeranian/mix puppy which was reported missing from the 400 block of South Mulberry Street on Tuesday at 5:43 p.m.

The owner described the puppy as female, white and tan in color. It was last seen wearing a red collar with paw prints on it and also a flea collar.

The puppy answers to the name Sweet Pea, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the dog's location to call 301-790-3700.

Man charged in robbery, stabbing

A homeless man was taken into custody Tuesday night after another homeless man told Hagerstown Police he had been robbed and stabbed on Antietam Street at Burhans Boulevard - a block from police headquarters.

Timothy Wayne Oldham, 45, no fixed address, was being held at the Washington County Detention Center this morning without bond.

Lt. Michael King said Oldham was charged with armed robbery and robbery, theft, first- and second-degree assault, and carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon.

He is also charged on two probation violations, jail officials said this morning.

The victim, Dennis Allen Gast, age and address unknown, was stabbed in the upper left chest in the 9:59 p.m. incident, police said.

Police said he was taken to Washington County Hospital with a nonlife-threatening injury.

A hospital spokeswoman this morning said Gast was no longer a patient there.

Gast told police he had been robbed of $200 in cash and then stabbed. He supplied a description of the suspect and the direction he was seen fleeing.

Officers using K-9 spotted Oldham when he emerged from a wooded area in the 300 block of West Antietam Street and was taken into custody without incident.

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