Police briefs

May 06, 2009

Fireworks Outlet robbed

INWOOD, W.Va. -- A man pulled a knife and tried to tie the hands of a female employee during a robbery Wednesday morning at the Fireworks Outlet on Winchester Avenue, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release.

The man entered the business at 7677 Winchester Ave. about 10:34 a.m. and demanded money from the employee, who complied with the request, deputies said.

The man tried to tie the hands of the employee, but was unsuccessful, deputies said.

The employee was ordered into the restroom area at the back of the store and the man barricaded the door, deputies said.

The man left the store and the employee was able to force open the barricaded door and call 911, deputies said.


The man was described as black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and having light facial hair, deputies said. He is believed to be in his 30s, and was wearing a tan fisherman's hat and dark pants, deputies said.

Anyone with information on the robbery may call Deputy Jason Wolfe or Lt. Dan McGown at 304-267-7000. Information also can given to Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999. Berkeley County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of an offender.

Theft by deception investigated

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- Police are investigating a theft by deception case in which a McConnellsburg woman transferred $2,850 to a telephone caller who told the woman the money was needed to secure bail for her son, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

The woman transferred the money, but later discovered her son never was in custody, police said.

The incident occurred Monday about 2 p.m., police said. The woman said the caller claimed to be a bail bond person from Canada and wanted the $2,850 transferred through Western Union, police said.

Anyone with information about the theft may call Pennsylvania State Police at 717-485-4420.

Motorcyclist charged after chase

FREDERICK, Md. -- A motorcyclist fleeing from a Maryland State Police trooper Wednesday afternoon went into heavy traffic on the Golden Mile before losing control of the motorcycle, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

The pursuit started about 3:50 p.m. when a trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle on U.S. 15, at which time the motorcycle accelerated rapidly, police said.

The motorcycle rider, identified as Benjamin Kieffer, 25, of Thurmont, Md., encountered heavy traffic at Baughman's Lane, police said.

Kieffer swerved to the right and continued west on the road, later attempting to pass a vehicle in the fast lane, police said.

Kieffer lost control of the motorcycle and laid the bike down on its side, police said.

Kieffer resisted arrest, police said.

Kieffer was charged with multiple traffic offenses, including speeding, fleeing and eluding, and reckless driving, police said.

Incidents reported in Hagestown

The Hagerstown Police Department responded recently to the following incidents, spokeswoman Barbara Pickett said.


o At 3:10 a.m., a breaking and entering was reported in the 300 block of East First Street.


o At 6:25 a.m., a second-degree assault was reported in the first block of West Side Avenue. A person was charged.

o At 7:04 a.m., damage to a window was reported in the 600 block of Washington Avenue.

o At 8:12 a.m., a theft of a Maryland vehicle tag was reported in the 100 block of Summit Avenue.

o At 9:31 a.m., a violation of a protective order was reported in the 1100 block of Wayne Avenue. An arrest was made.

o At 11:06 a.m., a burglary and theft involving electronic equipment was reported in the 1000 block of Noland Drive.

o At 1:28 p.m., a theft of a purse from a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of West Franklin Street.

o At 2:41 p.m., a theft and fraud involving an ATM card was reported in the first block of Devonshire Road.

o At 2:50 p.m., damage to a door was reported in the 200 block of Wilson Boulevard.

o At 2:54 p.m., first and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment were reported in the 1200 block of Woodlands Run. An arrest was made.

o At 8:59 p.m., theft of a patio umbrella was reported in the 500 block of George Street.

o At 10:06 p.m., damage to a vehicle convertible top was reported on Redwood Circle.

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