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Salem police nab burglary suspect during traffic stop

September 15, 2012
Staff Reports , Salem News

SALEM -A Pennsylvania man suspected of a rash of burglaries in Stark County was arrested by Salem police early Friday morning on West State Street.

According to court documents, Robert L. McMaster, 43, of Ambridge, Pa., was driving on West State Street shortly after 2 a.m. when he was pulled over by a Salem officer for speeding.

The officer, Brandon Smith, was running radar from the Adamson Veterinary Services parking lot when he saw a vehicle drive past and clocked it at about 36 miles per hour, according to the report. The posted speed on that road is 25 miles per hour.

Smith stopped the vehicle in the Circle K parking lot and spoke to the driver, who said he did not have his driver's license on him and gave his name as Charles McMaster, a date of birth and a Social Security number.

After running the information through the system, Smith believed McMaster was not telling the truth and asked him how old he was, to which he responded he was 45, although he had given his birth year as 1965, which would make him 47. Smith confronted McMaster about the misinformation but he denied giving the wrong identification, according to the Salem police report.

Another Salem officer then arrived to assist Smith with the traffic stop and told him he believed the man was Robert L. McMaster, and that he was wanted by Stark County officials for several burglaries and had active warrants out through that county.

Smith ran a background check on Robert L. McMaster and a Bureau of Motor Vehicles photograph matched the driver of the vehicle who had identified himself as Charles McMaster, who is actually his older brother.

McMaster was then taken in custody on the warrants and charged with two counts obstructing official business, failure to comply, two counts driving under suspension restriction, marked lanes and speeding.

He appeared in county Municipal Court later that day pleaded not guilty to speeding, driving under suspension restriction and obstructing official business. A pretrial was set for Sept. 27.



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