THEFT/ARREST: Northeastern District -- Police arrested TC 14-year-old boy who attempted to leave the G.C. Murphy department store in the 3900 block of Erdman Ave. without paying for merchandise valued at nearly $6. Police said the youth, who was later released in the custody of his parents, attempted to leave without paying for two Yo-Yos.
THEFT/ARREST: Northeastern District -- Police arrested a 27-year-old woman and were holding her at the women's detention center pending charges that she attempted to leave the Ames department store in the 2500 block of Belair Road without paying for a pair of boots. Police said the woman tried to leave the store while wearing the boots, valued at more than $20.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Mary O'Donnell, of the 5400 block of Todd Ave., reported someone entered the front lawn of her home yesterday and removed a 4-foot tall plastic Santa Claus. Police said the lawn ornament was valued at $40.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Robert Santos, of the 1800 block of E. 29th St., reported he was in the 1700 block of E. 28th St. when he was accosted by a man with a handgun who ordered him to give up his money. Police said the gunman fled the scene with more than $100 in cash. Later, police arrested a 20-year-old resident of the 1600 block of E. 28th St. and were holding him at the Eastern District pending armed assault and robbery charges.
THEFT: Central District -- Karen Cargile, a resident of Virginia, reported that while her car was parked in the 700 block of E. Pratt St. yesterday, someone broke into the vehicle and removed more than $2,600 worth of camera equipment. Police said the thief made off with a 35mm camera, lenses and other photographic items. Police said several pieces of clothing were also stolen.
THEFT: Central District -- Michael Francof, of the 8400 block of Philadelphia Road, reported that someone removed a 35mm lens, a 70mm lens, flash attachments and a radar detector from his car while the vehicle was parked yesterday in the 500 block of N. Calvert St. Police said the property was valued at more than $1,300.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police said two men were walking in the 1800 block of Westwood Ave. when they were accosted by a man with a sawed-off shotgun who robbed them of their ski jackets. Police said the gunman robbed Wayne Burton, of the 800 block of Harlem Ave., of his jacket valued at more than $200 and robbed his friend, Donte Bethea, of the 1600 block of N. Fulton Ave., of his ski jacket valued at more than $100.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Dennis Williams, of the 1900 block of W. Fairmount Ave., reported he was in the 2100 block of Vine St. when he was stopped by a man armed with a length of lead pipe who ordered him to give up his money while threatening him. Police said Williams gave more than $400 in cash to the man, who fled the scene.
ARRESTS: Essex District -- Police arrested two men last night after they reportedly threw an explosive device at two plainclothes officers who were standing outside an unmarked police car at the intersection of Back River Neck and Cherry Garden roads. Police said Officers Andrew Taylor and Randy Brashears, of the Community Action Team Squad, were observing the men around 9 p.m. when one of them threw an explosive device similar to a smoke bomb that exploded near the unmarked car's gas tank. Police said the two men drove off in a truck that was stopped by the officers a few minutes later on the parking lot of a tavern. Inside the truck, the officers found more than a dozen other explosive devices, a quantity of marijuana and a sawed-off ax handle. Charged with assaulting the officers with an explosive device, possession of marijuana and possession of a deadly weapon were Robert Harmon, 41, of the first block of Luff Court, and Martin Czosnowski, 25, of the 1400 block of Kent Road. Police said both men appeared early today before a District Court commissioner who held each of them in lieu of $10,000 bond. Police said neither Harmon or Czosnowski knew that Taylor and Brashears were police officers.
DRUG ARRESTS: Pioneer City -- Police stopped a car in the 1700 block of Richfield Drive for a routine traffic stop and later arrested its four occupants on charges of possession of at least $8,000 worth of crack cocaine. Police said the 80 grams of crack cocaine were found inside a blue 1989 Pontiac Grand Am and that all four men were charged with transporting drugs into the state, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate state narcotic laws. Police said the men were residents of the 4400 block of G St. in Washington, D.C., and were identified as Jerry Jerome Barton, 19; Clarence Milton Barton, 33; Jeremiah Wannamaker, 18; and Ronald Lerussell Turner, 18. Bail information on the four men was not immediately available.