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Twelve sheds burglarized this week in Hagerstown

September 08, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Twelve sheds in Hagerstown were burglarized this week and police believe the individuals involved were looking for mopeds, all-terrain vehicles or dirt bikes, according to Capt. Mark Holtzman of the Hagerstown Police Department.

Police believe the suspects were looking for those types of vehicles because a dirt bike was stolen in one of the incidents, Holtzman said Wednesday. He said police believe the suspects were looking for vehicles because other items of value were not taken from the sheds.

The burglaries occurred overnight between Sunday and Monday on Belview, McDowell, Linganore, Clarendon and Stratford Avenues, and on Park Place, according to the police department.

Holtzman said the dirt bike was stolen from a shed on Belview Avenue.

Holtzman asked the public to be aware of the situation and said any suspicious activity can be reported to police by calling 301-790-3700.

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Holtzman also suggested that property owners secure sheds with tamper-proof locks.

There has been an increase in thefts of vehicles like scooters in Hagerstown and Washington County, police said.

Although some scooters have a steering lock, the locks can be broken, Holtzman said. After the scooters are stolen, the vehicles can be started by bypassing the ignition switch or by getting a new ignition key made, Holtzman said.

To help guard against thefts, Holtzman said scooter owners can use a cable lock to loop around a fixed object such as a pole and one of the wheels of the scooter

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