Traffic stop in Woodbine leads to arrest in burglary


A routine traffic stop by a deputy sheriff in Woodbine early Friday led to the arrest of one man and has police looking for another in connection with a smash-and-grab burglary in West Virginia, authorities said yesterday.

Deputy 1st Class Robert Cromwell stopped a Dodge van in the 6200 block of Woodbine Road after noticing a burned-out headlight, said Sgt. Charles Paulsen of the Carroll County sheriff's office.

Two men got out of the van. The driver ran away, but Cromwell apprehended the passenger, Paulsen said.

Upon checking the van, which had West Virginia license plates, deputies reported finding about $750 worth of cigarettes and other tobacco products, all bearing tax stamps from West Virginia, as well as tools and miscellaneous items such as gloves and dark clothing.

After further investigation, Cromwell learned a van of similar description had been used in a convenience store burglary in Hedgesville in Berkeley County, W.Va.

The store owner had fired about seven shots at the van as it sped away, Cromwell said.

Finding what appeared to be two bullet holes in the van, Cromwell arrested the van's passenger, Dale Wayne Gatrell, 21, of Hagerstown. He's was released on $2,500 bond.

"We know who the driver is and will seek a warrant for his arrest," Paulsen said. "We're also checking on three recent burglaries, two in Westminster and one in Finksburg, to see if there is any connection."


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