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Items taken from cars, garages

unlocked car stolen

April 09, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Three people might have spent the early hours of Easter stealing from garages and unlocked cars in the Fountainhead and Longmeadow Road area north of Hagerstown before stealing a car that was unlocked with the keys in it, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

On at least two occasions, those responsible “got into unlocked cars and pushed the garage door openers,” deputies said. “Once the garage opened, bicycles were then stolen from the garages, possibly to operate a little faster than on foot. The bikes were later ditched at the intersection of Club Road and Rolling Road,” near Fountain Terrace, where a 2011 Ford Taurus was stolen, police said.

The stolen car was recovered at around 8 a.m. on Harwood Road, off Virginia Avenue, with a strong odor of marijuana in it, police said.

Police believe there were three people in the car and they found three bicycles in the area where the car was stolen, the release said.

Police believe the thefts happened between midnight and 5 a.m. Sunday, the release said.

More than $600 in cash and several valuables were taken from the vehicles, police said.

“It should be noted that all the vehicles that were entered were unlocked,” the release said. “The Sheriff’s Office encourages people to lock their doors for safety reasons.”

Anyone with information about the thefts may contact Deputy 1st Class Aaron Horton at 240-313-2170.

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