Police briefs - Dec. 12

December 12, 2011

Restroom fire near Big Slackwater ramp investigated

SHARPSBURG — Authorities last week discovered that a restroom facility near the Big Slackwater boat ramp along the Potomac River had been set on fire, according to a news release.

Law enforcement patrol officers noticed on Dec. 7 that the restroom had been burned, according to a release from the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Park rangers and the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the fire, the release said.

The release did not go into detail about the extent of damage to the building.

The National Park Service is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting the fire, the release said.

Anyone with information about the incident may call 1-866-677-6677.

Copper wire stolen from barn

HANCOCK — Four rolls of copper wire were reported stolen from a barn on White Oak Ridge on Thursday, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The wire, which was reported stolen at 8:33 a.m., was valued at $1,500, according to Lt. Tim Baker.

The barn is in the 14500 block of White Oak Ridge, which turns off Millstone Road east of Hancock.

The case has been suspended because investigators have exhausted all leads in the case, Baker said Sunday.

Baker said it was unclear why the wire was being stored in the barn.

Theft of metals like copper has been a problem throughout the Tri-State area. Copper can be sold for about $2.80 a pound.

$700 worth of hats stolen from Valley Mall store

HALFWAY — Police say $700 worth of hats was stolen from Lids in Valley Mall.

The theft was reported at 9:06 p.m. Thursday, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports.

An investigation is continuing, Lt. Tim Baker said Sunday.

— Dave McMillion

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