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Police briefs - Sept. 26

September 26, 2011

No one injured when Ford Bronco hits utility pole

LEITERSBURG — A Ford Bronco hit a utility pole in the 21700 block of Leitersburg Smithsburg Road on Monday afternoon, Deputy 1st Class Kemmerer of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

There were no injuries, in the crash, which was reported at 12:59 p.m.

The utility pole was nearly snapped in two, and the 21700 block of Leitersburg Smithsburg Road remained closed as of 2 p.m. The road was later reopened and a 911 spokesman said Monday evening he believed the pole had been repaired.

“This was a single-vehicle accident, and we are very lucky nobody was hurt,” said Kemmerer, who did not give his first name.

The driver of the Bronco was going downhill on Leitersburg Smithsburg Road toward Leitersburg Pike (Md. 60) and lost control of the vehicle, Kemmerer said.

“At this point, it appears to be a malfunction in the steering wheel,” Kemmerer said.

Residents in the area did not lose power, Kemmerer said.

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Copper piping stolen

SMITHSBURG — Miscellaneous pieces of copper pipe were stolen during a burglary in the 12000 block of Bradbury Avenue, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Entry into the building was made through a door, the sheriff’s offfice said. It is unclear when the theft occurred, the sheriff’s office said.

Theft of copper has been an ongoing problem for police in Washington County.

Hagerstown police said previously that they have handled dozens of copper thefts from homes, many of which involved theft of copper pipe from homes that are for sale or are in foreclosure. Outdoor air-conditioning compressors are also being stolen for their metal.

Rebar stolen from construction site

SANDY HOOK — About $100 worth of rebar was stolen from a construction site at a bridge at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Md. 67, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

C. William Hetzer Inc. was the victim of the theft, which occurred between 4:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

There were no witnesses to the theft and there were no security cameras at the site, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said Monday night.

Rebar is a steel bar used for reinforcing concrete structures.

Ruritan building damaged

A Ruritan building at 21427 Leiter St. in Hagerstown was damaged during a malicious destruction of property incident Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

A bathroom light and a door were damaged in the incident, which occurred at 3 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.

Police said they have a suspect in the crime.

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