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Two W.Va. men charged in Washington Co. burglaries

August 03, 2011

Two Eastern Panhandle, W.Va., men have been charged in connection with three burglaries that occurred in Washington County on July 24, a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Wednesday night.

Ryan Jennings Woolum, 26, of Inwood and Peter Nicolas Zimmerman IV, 34, of Bunker Hill, were each initially charged with the burglary of a Kent Avenue house, according to Cpl. Greg Alton.

The men were arrested after witnesses saw two men breaking into the house off Sharpsburg Pike near the St. James area, Alton said. The men fled when a deputy attempted to stop them as they left the house, he said.

A police pursuit followed, with Woolum and Zimmerman being taken into custody after they fled on foot from a vehicle, Alton said.

Police searched the vehicle and found stolen property from two other burglaries that also occurred that day in the 1500 block of Crestview Avenue and the 19000 block of Cool Hollow Road between Hagerstown and Boonsboro, Alton said.

Woolum and Zimmerman have each been charged additionally with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree burglary, two counts of theft $1,000 to under $10,000 and one count of malicious destruction of property under $500, Alton said.

They were being held in the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday night,  Alton said.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, officers have recovered jewelry believed to have been stolen during burglaries that occurred the last week of June or the first week of July, according to Alton.

One of the recovered items is a ring that is engraved with the name of Louis Scott or Louis Scall and is followed by the number 80, Alton said.

Anyone with questions or information about the jewelry can call Alton at 240-313-2185 or Detective Tim Atwell at 240-313-2183.

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