MPD Makes Arrest Related to Several Recent Burglaries

  • MPD Makes Arrest Related to Several Recent Burglaries

    MPD Makes Arrest Related to Several Recent Burglaries

    The Martinsburg Police Department is pleased to announce the arrest of an individual who was found to be in possession of large quantities of stolen property linked to several recent burglaries. Mr. Joshua McCusker (DOB: 4/4/1987) of Falling Waters, has been charged with fleeing on foot, resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of controlled substances, felony receiving or transferring stolen goods, and driving with a suspended license following in incident on October 1st, 2016.

    On Saturday, October 1st, at approximately 7:00PM, officers from the Martinsburg Police Department responded to the area of Famous Pawn on Winchester Avenue for a report of a suspicious person who was believed to have a warrant for his arrest. Upon his arrival, Lieutenant Les Witt attempted to stop the suspicious person, who was identified as Joshua McCusker, however Mr. McCusker would not comply and attempted to walk away. Patrolman Marc Loretta arrived shortly after Lt. Witt, and upon his arrival, Mr. McCusker took off running. The officers pursued Mr. McCusker on foot and Ptlm. Loretta was able to catch him and place him in custody.

    Once the suspect was in transport to the Martinsburg Police Station for processing, Lt. Witt ran the Pennsylvania registration tag on the vehicle Mr. McCusker had driven to the area. The vehicle came back as stolen, and was linked to a residential burglary that occurred in Shippensburg, PA approximately one month prior. The vehicle was also found to contain additional property that was linked to several burglaries in the Martinsburg area. This property included firearms, electronics, a computer, jewelry, a rare electric guitar, prescription medications, and various other personal items.

    “It was a great feeling being able to return the stolen property,” Patrolman Loretta said. “Some of the items held a lot of personal significance for the owners, and we hope this helps to set their minds at ease again.”

    Chief Maury Richards praised the work of all the officers involved with the arrest, stating, “This was another great example of the commitment and professional excellence our officers bring to this city every day. We’re proud of our team and even more proud to serve such a great community!” Deputy Chief George Swartwood also commended the work of MPD’s patrol officers. When asked about the case, he said, “This was a great arrest, and we’re hoping to use information and evidence that was collected to solve additional burglary cases, both in the city and surrounding jurisdictions. It’s a prime example of great police work.”