Police join attempt to halt tractor-theft ringHAGERSTOWN...


July 08, 1993

HAGERSTOWN — Police join attempt to halt tractor-theft ring

HAGERSTOWN -- Police officers from Carroll County will meet with law enforcement officials from Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia in Martinsburg, W.Va., next week to discuss their joint investigation riding tractor thefts.

Thousands of riding lawn mowers and small tractors have been stolen in the area in recent years, and law enforcement officers are trying to crack at least two theft rings.

Washington County Sheriff's Sergeant Randy Wilkinson said Tuesday that the thieves have been especially active along the Interstate 81 corridor around Hagerstown.

The loosely knit tractor theft task force, which has stepped up its activity since December, is working with federal officials because tractors stolen in one state often are recovered in another.

"We have an ongoing investigation. It's a pretty involved case, and it keeps getting larger as it goes," said Ken LeMasters of the Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department.

Unlike car thieves, those who steal tractors do not have to worry about motor vehicle titles and registration.

In some cases, serial numbers have been defaced, Mr. LeMasters said.

15 companies submit bids for county signs

Fifteen companies from throughout the country submitted bids to supply Carroll County with about 900 signs that will help county government comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The signs will be posted inside county-owned buildings and will have easy-to-read letters and Braille to direct citizens to offices.

County buyer Richard Shelton opened the bids at the County Office Building yesterday.

Heat prompts canceling of recreation day

Therapeutic Recreation Day at the Carroll County Farm Museum Friday has been canceled because the weather is too '' hot, said Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist at the museum.

The event will not be rescheduled this year because there is no other time for it in the Farm Museum schedule, she said.

The recreation day offers entertainment and food for physically and mentally disabled people.

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