ARSON/ARREST: Northern District -- A Shrewsbury, Pa., woman was released after posting $7,500 bond following
charges that she set fire to a garage in the rear of the 2900 block of Wyman Park Drive and destroyed a custom-made 1984 car co-owned by David N. Gardner, the woman's former boyfriend. Police said Marcia Prettyman, 20, who also gave an Ocean City address, was arrested Jan. 3 on a warrant charging her with setting the garage on fire about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 26. Police said the fire, started with a flammable fluid, caused an estimated $40,000 damage to the garage and its contents, including the car. David Gardner's father, Rodney, also of the Wyman Park Drive address, told police that residents of the neighborhood saw an Audi occupied by a woman and two men drive off shortly after the fire was discovered. Rodney Gardner said he and his family were awakened by their barking dog when fire from the garage began to burn the pantry of their home. The fire also burned utility wires affecting more than 100 homes. Police said the car seen leaving the scene was traced to relatives of the
accused. Police said a trial date of Feb. 4 has been set for District Court.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Officials of the city's Department of Social Services in the 4600 block of York Road reported that someone broke into their offices over the weekend and removed a 19-inch TV set from a storeroom. Police said the TV was valued at $600 and entry was gained by removing a metal grate from a rear window.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 3600 block of Hickory Ave. reported someone forced his way into her home and removed nearly $140 from a purse. Police said entry was through a rear door and that a key may have been used.
THEFT: Northern District -- Angela G. Natio, of the 3200 block of N. Charles St., reported that someone entered the basement of her apartment building and removed her 15-speed red mountain bicycle. Police said the bike was valued at more than $250.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Police reported that property valued at nearly $300 was removed from a dwelling in the 400 block of E. 31st St. after someone broke out a pane of glass in a pantry window. Police said the thief fled after removing a TV set from the living room.
ASSAULT: Northern District -- Walter Stencil, of the 2200 block of Pentland Drive, told police that during an argument with another man in the 500 block of E. Cold Spring Lane last night, he was threatened with a handgun. Later, police arrested a 36-year-old resident of the 500 block of E. Cold Spring Lane and were holding him a the station pending charges.
THEFT: Northern District -- Eileen Richardson, an out-of-town resident, reported that while her car was parked in the 4600 block of York Road over the weekend someone broke a window with a rock, entered the vehicle and removed a black leather coat. Police said the coat was valued at $200.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Employees of the Tomboy clothing store in the 3200 block of Greenmount Ave. reported someone broke into their store through a boarded-up second-floor window and removed clothing valued at $1,000. Police said the burglar made off with two boxes containing jeans and other pieces of apparel.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Mary Blinke, of East Skylark Court in Parkville, reported that she was standing at an outside pay phone in the 5600 block of the Alameda Saturday night when a man approached and demanded her money. Police said after Blinke told the man she had none, he grabbed her purse and fled. Police said the purse contained cash and property, all valued at more than $400.
ARSONARSON: Northern District -- Police reported that someone set fire to a car Saturday night while the vehicle was parked in the 400 block of Whitridge Ave. Police said the fire caused extensive damage. The owner was not known.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Leann Oster, of the 5600 block of Ready Ave., reported she was getting into her car Saturday while the vehicle was parked near her home when she was pushed from behind by two men who stole her purse and fled. Police said the purse contained a small sum of money.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Antoine Chase, of the 4400 ++ block of Marble Hall Road, reported he was in the 1200 block of E. Cold Spring Lane early yesterday when he was stopped by a man armed with a handgun who robbed him of his coat and money. Police said the gunman fled with property valued at $400.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Michael Dudley, of the 5400 block of Cedonia Ave., reported that someone broke into his home through a rear door window and removed stereo equipment, a compact disc player and 30 compact discs. Police said the property was valued at more than $400.