Tapped Wires Lead To Huge Phone Bills

Police beat

September 30, 1990

The phrase "pay phone" has taken on a new meaning for the resident of a Glen Burnie apartment building.

Thomas Earl Strempeck, of the 7900 block Silent Shadow Court, reported on July 7 that his telephone service had been disconnected. Then he received a phone bill for $2,231.71 for the period of July 5-18.

Residents of two other apartments got bills totaling $906.47.

An investigator for the phone company went to the attic and discovered that wires to the apartments were sliced and tapped into another apartment in the building.

On Monday, police arrested Mark Richard Baillargeon, 19, of the 7900 block Silent Shadow Court, and a juvenile who does not live in that apartment building. Both were charged with theft of services.


A 19-year-old Baltimore man was stabbed in the leg Wednesday night outside Little Caesar's Pizza restaurant in Brooklyn Park.

Kenneth Robert Stalnaker, of the 300 block 10th Avenue, was treated at Harbor Hospital and released. Police say Stalnaker was jumped by about 15 other people who were looking for a friend of his. During the scuffle, Stalnaker was stabbed in the right leg with an unknown object.


A 22-year-old Pasadena woman was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a car accident at the intersection of Route 100 and Magothy Beach Road.

Gola Lynn Davis, of the 100 block Eastern Road, was listed Friday in critical but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

Police say Davis was eastbound on Route 100 in her 1989 Plymouth Horizon and was attempting a left turn onto Magothy Beach Road when she was hit broadside by a car driven by Charles McCuin, 63, of the 5600 block Avondale Drive, Bowie. McCuin was taken to Harbor Hospital, treated and released.

The accident occurred at about 2 p.m.

A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Anne Arundel County police and state police:


100 block Wallace Avenue, Sept. 27: entry gained through front door of storage shed. Bicycles taken. Total loss: $200.


7400 block Ridge Road, Sept. 25: entry gained through side glass door. Small safe taken. Total loss: $1,771.

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