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April 12, 2007

Van stolen at gunpoint recovered, police say



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

Detective 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.

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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 Hag- erstown of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at stores.

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

King said several counterfeit $100 bills were found on the men and in the vehicle. Through the investigation, it was learned that the males passed counterfeit bills at 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 the investigation, King said.

Those arrested were:

· Guillermo Ranfrey Garcia-Barrios, 18, unknown address in Langley Park, Md.

· Antonio Zuniga Quintanilla, 50, unknown address in Langley Park

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

· A 17-year-old juvenile

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




Hagerstown Police respond to calls



The Hagerstown Police Department recently responded to the following incidents:

Wednesday:

· At 12:04 a.m., a window was reported damaged in the 100 block of North Jonathan Street.

· At 12:53 a.m., controlled-dangerous violations were reported in the first block of South Potomac Street.

Tuesday:

· At 4:21 a.m., a burglary and damage to property were reported in the first block of West Church Street.

· At 2:16 a.m., a boy was arrested on a charge of violation of probation.

· At 1:21 a.m., a breaking-and-entering was reported in the 100 block of Manor Drive.

Monday:

· At 5:05 p.m., a theft of a bicycle was reported in the first block of Nottingham Road.

· At 7:45 a.m., a trespass and peeping Tom were reported in the 500 block of North Mulberry Street.

· At 6:40 p.m., a second-degree assault was reported at Fairgrounds Park.

· At 6:06 a.m., a second-degree assault was reported in the 900 block of Lanvale Street.

· At 11:58 a.m., a second-degree assault was reported in the 200 block of East Avenue.

· At 9:29 a.m., damage to motor vehicle tires was reported in the 200 block of South Potomac Street.

· At 7:33 p.m., a theft from a motor vehicle and damage was reported at Mill Street and South Cannon Avenue.




BB hits truck going through square



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A BB shot from a pellet gun struck a 2007 Toyota Tundra traveling through Center Square at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, Waynesboro police said in a news release.

The vehicle's door was dented, police said.




Pa. police make 11 arrests over weekend



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said they made 11 DUI arrests and issued 273 traffic citations over the Easter weekend.

During a DUI patrol Friday, police said they made eight DUI arrests, one drug arrest, two underage-consumption arrests and two arrests for other misdemeanor arrests, and they issued 55 traffic citations.




Man arraigned on bank robbery charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 33-year-old man nabbed by Virginia authorities soon after allegedly robbing a bank in Inwood, W.Va., in November 2006, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, records show.

Charged with armed bank robbery, Steven Allen Hess was arraigned by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, who set a $100,000 bond for the case.

According to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sgt. W.A. Johnson, Hess took an undisclosed amount of money from the Susquehanna Bank office in Inwood on Nov. 27, 2006.

Armed with a handgun, witnesses told police that the suspect demanded cash and then fled in a red Ford Taurus that police were able to find within 20 to 30 minutes, but not stopped until the car traveled into Virginia, Johnson said.

Johnson said in his complaint that Hess told Virginia authorities he committed other bank robberies in the area.

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