Crime Watch - Sept. 21

September 22, 2011
  • Haupt

Two city women charged in Hagerstown home burglary

Two Hagerstown women have been charged with breaking into a home Monday night.

Audrey Renee Haupt, 35, and Jessica Lynn White, 28, both of 551 W. Church St., were charged with one count each of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft over $1,000, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release.

Police said they would not release the address of the home to prevent further burglaries, but the statement of probable cause shows that the home is in Hagerstown's West End.

Officers said they received a call at 10:07 p.m. Monday from a neighbor who said he saw a person carrying items from the home. When police arrived, they saw a gray Jeep drive away, and they pulled it over.

Police said they identified White as the driver and found items from the house in the Jeep during a subsequent search.

Haupt was found hiding in a closet while police searched the house, according to the release.

$150 reward offered for info on spray-paint vandalism

A $150 reward is being offered for information that leads to the apprehension of vandals who sprayed paint on several businesses in and around Smithsburg last week.

Police Chief George Knight said in an email that the buildings were spray-painted between 12:30 and 5 a.m. Friday.

Vandals spray painted "HULKOMANA" on the Smithsburg Market at 48 S. Main St. and on property that belongs to Hadley Farms at 47 S. Main St., he said.

During the same period, vandals did the same thing to the Food Lion supermarket and the Holiday Acres Shopping Center on Jefferson Boulevard just outside the town, Knight said.

Two people were seen near Smithsburg Market at the time the vandalism occurred, Knight said. They appeared to be in their late teens and were wearing jeans and hooded sweatshirts, he said.

Anyone with information may call the Smithsburg Police Department at 301-824-3500 or Maryland State Police at 301-739-2102.


— By Dan Dearth

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