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Police briefs

July 31, 2010

Man charged theft from Martinsburg pawn shop



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Martinsburg Police arrested one of two males accused of stealing more than $50,000 in gold and diamond rings from Frazier's Pawn Shop in Martinsburg early Friday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Justin Edward Combs, 22, of 705 N. High St. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday on one count of breaking and entering and one count of grand larceny by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow.

Combs was arrested after City Hospital contacted the police department and reported that a suspicious male was there for treatment of a cut on his arm, according to a complaint filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman Michael Castelgrande.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Castelgrande identified Combs as one of the males in video surveillance footage that was recorded at the pawn shop, according to court records.

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Combs later took police to an alley behind 814 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg, where the stolen items were taken.

Police said there were 183 rings valued at $51,861, an Xbox 360 worth $200 and a PlayStation 3 valued at $200 taken from the business, according to court records.

The suspects used a white landscaping stone to smash through the front window of the business, according to court records.

Police responded to investigate Friday at 3:14 a.m.

Three arrested on drug charges in controlled drug buy



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Three men were arrested Thursday night on drug charges after police, assisted by a confidential informant, orchestrated a crack cocaine deal in Martinsburg, according to court records.

Terrance Johnson, of 3541 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix, was arraigned Friday on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, and Shannon J. Elliot, of 4929 Wallflower Way in Oxon Hill, Md., and Benjamin Maxie Welch, of 101 Forbes Drive in Martinsburg, both were arraigned on one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, according to court records.

Elliot also was arraigned Friday on one count of attempted escape, according to court records.

The arrests stem from a controlled drug buy that was conducted at Washington Mews Apartments, according to complaints filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Detective Patrolman J.D. Luciano.

Members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force took part in the arranged drug deal for 0.3 grams of crack cocaine, according to court records.

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