Police briefs

January 15, 2008

Fire destroys garage in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Md. - Fire destroyed a resident's garage Monday night at 19204 Sandy Hook Road, an official said Tuesday.

The blaze, which was reported at 6:11 p.m., left practically nothing of the 20-foot by 20-foot wood-frame garage, Maryland Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said.

He said the cause of the fire looks to have been related to an electrical problem.

The building was owned by Ervin Hess.

Ernst said about 44 emergency workers went to the scene. They were from emergency units in Potomac Valley, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Rohrersville, Brunswick, Md., Jefferson County, W.Va., Shepherdstown, W.Va., and the Washington County air unit and rehab unit.

Washington County sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department investigated the following incidents:


· At 8 a.m., three trailers at Funkstown Waste Water Management were reported broken into and tools were stolen.

· At 10 a.m., tires were reported slashed sometime during the night on a vehicle in the 9000 block of Fernwood Lane.


· At 11 a.m., the front door of the B&C Laundromat in Clear Spring was reported broken out.

· At 11 p.m., the front door of a building in the 1400 block of Sherman Avenue was reported kicked in.

· At 3:45 a.m. Sunday, a window was reported smashed and the screen torn on a building in the 20000 block of Mount Aetna Road.


· At 6 p.m., an 80cc Yamaha dirt bike was reported stolen from the 25000 block of Springdale Avenue.

· At 11 p.m., $1,400 cash was reported stolen from a home in the 13000 block of Little Antietam Drive.


· Someone shot a pellet gun at a house in the 14000 block of Mercersburg Road. The incident, which was reported at 11 a.m., damaged the siding.


· At 9:30 a.m., two vehicles in the 19000 block of Jamestown Drive were reported spray painted.

· At 10 a.m., wheels and tires were reported stolen from a vehicle that was left on blocks along Gapland Road at Md. 67.

· At 12:30 p.m., a purse and its contents were reported stolen from a vehicle in a parking lot near Shoney's at Valley Mall.

· At 10 p.m., a 2005 Yamaha Kodiak four-wheeler was reported stolen from the 1400 block of Howell Road.

Diamond ring stolen from Hagerstown pawn shop

Hagerstown City Police are investigating the theft of a diamond cluster ring last week from Washington Street Pawnbrokers, an officer said Tuesday.

Sgt. Paul Kifer said that on Jan. 7, a clerk got distracted while showing jewelry to a woman customer, who then walked out with the ring.

Car stolen in Hagerstown is recovered

Hagerstown police found a stolen car in the city Monday night about three hours after it was taken, an officer said Tuesday.

Sgt. Paul Kifer said a woman was giving an acquaintance a ride in her white 2007 Kia SUV when at about 6:45 p.m., she stopped at a nursing home on Mill Street and left the man in the car.

While she was gone, Kifer said, the woman received a call from a friend saying she'd just seen the car being driven around the city.

Kifer said officers found the car parked on Park Place at 9:50 p.m.

Hagerstown apartment broken into

Someone broke into a Hagerstown apartment Monday but nothing seemed to be missing, a city police officer said Tuesday.

The intruder entered the East North Avenue apartment through a window between 11:10 a.m. and 9:45 p.m., when the woman tenant arrived home, Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

It looked as though the intruder had been rummaging through the home looking for something, Kifer said.

Taxi fare paid with fake $20 bill

Someone stiffed a Hagerstown taxicab driver Monday by paying him with what turned out to be a counterfeit $20 bill, city police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred sometime Monday and wasn't discovered until the cabbie, who works for R&D Miller's Transportation, ended his shift early Tuesday, Sgt. Paul Kifer said.

Kifer said such crimes are not unusual these days.

"It's not uncommon for us to get several a month that's counterfeit whether it's $20s, $50s, $100s," he said. "...We've actually made some arrests" on various cases, "but a stray bill here or there isn't uncommon."

Incidents reported to Hagerstown police

Hagerstown police investigated the following incidents Monday:

· The theft of a tire cover from a motor vehicle in the 12900 block of Little Hyden Circle, reported at 3:21 p.m.

· The theft of gasoline from the AC&T station at 301 N. Burhans Blvd., reported at 4:19 p.m.

· The theft of food from Weis Market at 31 N. Eastern Blvd., reported at 4:21 p.m.

· The theft of a cell phone and money in the first block of North Potomac Street, reported at 5:43 p.m.

· The finding of a red 20-inch Quest Cobra bicycle in the 500 block of Salem Avenue, reported at 6:28 p.m.

· The recovery of a stolen 2007 Dodge van bearing Maryland tag 868M981, reported at 7 p.m.

· The theft of gasoline from Sheetz at 1396 S. Potomac St., reported at 7:33 p.m.

· The theft of money from the first block of North Potomac Street, reported at 8:04 p.m.

Frederick holdup men might have fled on bicycles

FREDERICK, Md. - Two men, "inferring they had a gun," held up a clerk in a convenience store early Monday and fled ? possibly on bicycles, a Frederick city police spokesman said Tuesday.

Wearing dark clothing and ski masks, the men entered the 7-Eleven store on West Patrick Street shortly after midnight, according to public information coordinator Bill Douwes.

The men took money from the cash register and left the store, Douwes said. He said the lone clerk wasn't hurt.

Anyone with information may call Sgt. Ron Figgers at 301-600-1230.

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