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Martinsburg man charged after trail of blood is found

April 09, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police say the burglary of a Pennsylvania Avenue home and the breaking and entering at a business Thursday morning along Williamsport Pike in Martinsburg were linked by a trail of blood, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Matthew Edward Watson, 23, of Martinsburg, was arraigned on one felony count of burglary and one felony count of breaking and entering by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on Thursday, according to court records.

Watson, of 325 Warm Springs Ave., was found with cuts on his hands and left leg, according to court records. When asked about the cuts, Watson told police he fell down on the railroad tracks behind Domino's Pizza on Williamsport Pike, according to court records.

Police found traces of blood around broken windows at the Sunset car wash on Williamsport Pike and followed a trail of blood on the railroad tracks in the direction of the Pennsylvania Avenue home, according to court records.

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The car wash owner told police he did not immediately find anything to be missing at the business, according to court records.

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