Police briefs

August 17, 2010

Thefts from vehicles reported in Berkeley Co.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is looking for the public's help in gathering information about a large number of thefts from vehicles in the northern and southern parts of the county on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The first rash of thefts occurred Sunday night and Monday morning in the Spring Mills, W.Va., area in the northern part of the county, according to a news release. The second large number of thefts occurred Monday night and Tuesday morning in the Elizabeth Station subdivision off Henshaw Road in Bunker Hill, W.Va., the release said. Loose change, GPS units, and other items of value were taken from unlocked vehicles, police said. Anyone with information about the thefts can call the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000.

Two jailed on felony theft, larceny charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police have arrested at least two of three men wanted in the theft of GPS units, electronic equipment and other items from vehicles and residences in Martinsburg Station subdivision, according to court records.


Michael Thomas Reid, 19, of 51 Reynard Road, Kearneysville, W.Va., and Joseph Brett Maness, 24, of 29 Hunt Ridge Drive, Summit Point, W.Va., were in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including two counts of grand larceny, two counts of petit larceny and one count of burglary, according to court and jail records. Warrants charging Shawn Douglas Weister, 18, in the case also have been issued and he was placed in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night, according to court and jail records. The Martinsburg Police Department said Tuesday that it was attempting to identify several GPS units that are believed to be to be stolen on or around these dates and possibly from the Martinsburg Station subdivision area. Anyone with information can contact Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle at the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

3 charged with stealing from construction vehicles

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Martinsburg police on Tuesday announced the arrest of three males who are accused of stealing nine batteries and other items from construction vehicles in the city's west end. Kim Anthony Kozak, 21, of Martinsburg, Robert Lee Bender, 25, address unavailable, and a 17-year-old juvenile were charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, destruction of property and conspiracy to commit destruction of property, according to a news release.

On Friday, Patrol officer M.J. Somers and Sgt. Les Witt responded to Klee Drive in the area of Apple Harvest Drive for a report of a larceny from a vehicle and destruction of property that was in progress, according to the news release. At the scene, they determined that nine batteries and other items had been stolen from various construction vehicles and several windows had also been broken in the vehicles, according to the news release.

The juvenile and Kozak were arrested on Friday after a traffic stop along Foxcroft Avenue and Bender was placed in Eastern Regional Jail on Tuesday, according to court and jail records. Deputies from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department assisted Martinsburg police officers with the arrest on Friday, according to the news release.

Washington County Sheriff's Department responds to calls

The following incidents were reported Monday by the Washington County Sheriff's Office:

o A window was broken in the 16400 block of Elliott Parkway.

o A vehicle was broken into at Valley Mall.

o A theft occurred in the 300 block of Overbrook Road.

o A rock was thrown through a bus window in the 13400 block of Draper Road.

o Two pairs of sunglasses were stolen from Claire's Boutique at Valley Mall.

o An archery target was stolen from a yard in the 19400 block of Jeswood Drive.

o A theft occurred at J.C. Penney at Valley Mall.

o Geese decorations were stolen from a yard in the 9800 block of Whitehall Road.

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