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Hagerstown man charged in break-in at house raided by police last week

Travis Lee Walton was charged with one count each of first-degree burglary and resisting arrest

August 15, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown Police investigated a burglary Monday morning at 1116 Sherman Ave.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man was charged Monday with breaking into an abandoned Sherman Avenue home where law enforcement officials conducted a drug raid last week.

Travis Lee Walton, 20, of 118 Pangborn Blvd., was charged with one count each of first-degree burglary and resisting arrest, Hagerstown police said.

He was being held without bond Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said.

Police cars converged on Virginia Avenue and surrounding streets Monday morning for a report of a burglary in progress at a house raided Thursday by law enforcement officials.

Hagerstown Police Department Capt. Mark Holtzman said at the scene that police went to the area after receiving a report at 7:52 a.m. that someone tried to break into 1116 Sherman Ave. in Hagerstown.

That's the same house the Washington County Narcotics Task Force raided Thursday, seizing more than 100 pounds of marijuana and $300,000 in cash.

Holtzman said neighbors told police they got suspicious when they saw a man riding a bicycle up and down Sherman Avenue Monday morning. He said they called police at about 7:50 a.m. when the man went inside the house.

Holtzman said officers set up a perimeter around the house and saw the man looking at them through a window. The man fled out the back, jumping several fences in his attempt to get away, he said.

He said officers lost sight of the man in the 1200 block of Virginia Avenue.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies and city police searched with the help of a K-9 unit in the area between Virginia and Sherman avenues, Holtzman said. The K-9 found the man under a cart with weeds on top of him.

Holtzman said the man apparently heard the dog and began to run again, but didn't make it far before deputies caught him in the 800 block of Armstrong Avenue.

The man was taken into custody about 25 minutes after police were called.

Holtzman praised the sheriff's office for its assistance.

"The sheriff's department tightened up the perimeter and were the first ones to lay a hand on him," he said. "It's just a good example of cooperation between the two police agencies."

Washington County Narcotics Task Force agent Todd Dunkle said at the scene that to his knowledge, there were no drugs left in the house.

He said the task force would need another warrant to enter the house because it was sealed after Thursday's raid.

"Once we come outside and lock the doors, we can't go back in," he said.

Sean Clark Andrews, 31, of 1116 Sherman Ave. in Hagerstown, and John Richard Titus, 26, of 6404 Dam 4 Road in Williamsport, face numerous drug charges following the drug bust Thursday. The arrests came after an eight-week investigation, authorities said.

Andrews' bond was set at $2.5 million during a bond review Friday in Washington County District Court. The bond for Titus was set at $5 million.

Titus is charged with 17 drug, weapons and theft counts, and Andrews is charged with 16 offenses, according to the charge summaries.

The two are scheduled for preliminary hearings on Sept. 1.

Dunkle said Andrews rented the house.

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