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Boonsboro police investigating recent storage building break-ins

July 06, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO, Md. — Five area storage buildings have been broken into last month, resulting in one arrest and prompting Boonsboro Police Chief Jeff Hewett to meet with the owners of targeted town buildings to help prevent future break-ins.

Three buildings were broken into in Boonsboro, and mostly tools were stolen, Hewett said. In one case, about $1,000 worth of tools were stolen, he said.

In some cases, locks were cut off buildings; in others, hasps were pried off, he said.

Hewett said he met with property owners whose buildings were broken into and offered them advice about how to prevent future break-ins, such as adding motion-detecting lighting around the buildings.

Most of the buildings hit in the break-ins were in isolated areas, Hewett said.

Hewett said one of the break-ins was on St. Paul Street, and two were on Main Street. Two other recent break-ins were reported in the county, he said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office also investigated a series of storage building break-ins in the area in which mostly tools were stolen, according to Detective Cpl. Greg Alton.

In those cases, a Keedysville man was arrested on allegations he committed three burglaries on the road where he lived, Alton said.

John Patrick Vanmeter, 36, of 5611 Mount Carmel Church Road was charged on June 29 with second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree burglary, two counts of theft of $1,000 to $10,000 and one count of theft of less than $1,000 for breaking into a neighbors’ garages and sheds, according to Washington County District Court records.

A resident on the 5500 block of Mount Carmel Church Road told a deputy that tools had been stolen from his garage on the night of June 7-8, the application for statement of charges said.

Vanmeter allegedly pawned items belonging to one of those victims, as well as items not related to the deputy’s case, the charging documents said.

A search of Vanmeter’s residence turned up tools stolen in the June 7-8 break-in, the documents said. The value of the stools taken in that one incident was listed at $7,968

Hewett said anyone with information about the Boonsboro break-ins may call the police department at 301-432-6838.

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