Solve Crime Of Week

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January 02, 1991

Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the theft of a cash register drawer from a beauty shop in Mount Airy.

Police said the crime occurred about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 9, when the suspect used a ladder to climb on the roof of the building and broke asecond-floor window to gain entrance.

An interior alarm was activated during the break-in, but the suspect escaped before the police arrived.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


WESTMINSTER -- A Taneytown man arrested Dec. 18 on drug charges was released on bail Christmas Eve after posting $50,000 bond.

His brother, a Miami, Fla., resident who was arrested at the same time, remained at the Carroll County Detention on $1 million bond late Tuesday.

Fernando A. Hernandez, 28, of the first block Windy Hills Drive, and his brother, 26-year-old Henry A. Hernandez of Miami were arrested and charged under the new drug kingpin statute for possessing a little more than 6 ounces of cocaine, according to State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman.

Hickman said the investigation that led to the two men's arrest began in late August and was conducted by the county Drug Task Force, the Metro Dade Narcotics Unit in Miami, and the Major Violators Unit of the state police.

Police said they found the cocaine in a bag hidden inside a sealed carton of Marlboro cigarettes. Because cellophane remained on the packs of cigarettes and the carton was still sealed, it appeared to the eye that the carton had not been tampered with.

State police 1st Sgt. Dave Reichenbaugh, a member of the county Drug Task Force, said the inside of the cigarette packs also had been sprayed with deodorant and spread with grease to fool drug-sniffing dogs.

A total of 162.3 grams of cocaine were seized, which Hickman said would have a street value of $45,000 after being cut with other adulterants.

The Hernandez brothers also were charged with bringing drugs into the state and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Hickman said a grand jury will be impaneled early next year and more indictments are pending.

The Hernandez brothers are believed to be the first people in Carroll to be arrested and charged under the drug kingpin statute that went into effect in July.

The law can be applied to people found with 448 grams of cocaine over a 90-day period.

Hickman declined to say how the other 285.7 grams would be accounted for.

If the brothers are convicted under the statute, they would face at least 20 years in prison without chance of parole, Hickman said.


WESTMINSTER -- Statepolice have arrested a 20-year-old Spring Mills Road man and chargedhim in connection with a string of daytime burglaries in north Carroll.

William Howard Russell was being held late Monday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.

He was charged with 15 counts of daytime burglary, 15 counts of breaking and entering a dwelling, 13 counts of theft, 12 counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and four counts of destruction of property, court records show.

Police said Russell's arrest concludes a three-month investigation into the burglaries, which have plagued the county and resulted in a loss of more than $29,000 in cash, jewelry, gunsand electronics equipment.

Investigators are still trying to locate the stolen property in these cases.

Anyone with information on the stolen items is asked to call the state police at 848-3111. Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Solvers Tip Line at (800) 562-TIPS.


WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. -- Allegheny County, Pa., police are still investigating the death of a former Carroll countian who was found in a burned station wagon in this Pittsburgh suburb.

Jack Eidinger, 27, formerly of Uniontown, was stabbed to death and his legs were bound together before his body was found in the burning car's back seat early Christmas Day, the county coroner said.

Police said Eidinger, who moved to Washington, D.C., to look for work, borrowed the car to visit Pittsburgh for the holiday.

"We don'tthink he had been dead for a long time," Sgt. David Schwab said. "Webelieve the vehicle (with Maryland license plates) was driven there with the body inside and set afire."

Schwab said the owner of the car has been interviewed by police, but no charges had been filed in the case.


UNION MILLS -- A 32-year-old Westminster woman was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday after her car hit a tree.

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