TRAPPED MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY
A Darlington man was charged with breaking and entering on Jan. 4 after he was trapped in a crawl space at the business he was trying to burglarize, the county Sheriff's Department said.
Ronald E. Blake,20, was charged with store-house breaking and entering with intent to steal and malicious destruction, police said.
Blake spent more than two hours trapped in a crawl space under the floor area at Broad Creek Variety & Beverages, 4170 Flintville Road, Darlington, said police.
The sheriff's department said deputies were called to the business when its alarm sounded at 3:41 a.m.
The deputies found that an entrance to a crawl space in the floor of a storage room at the business was pried open, the department said. Thedeputies searched the building, but did not find anyone.
The business' alarm went off again at 4:19 a.m. and the deputies returned, the department said. This time they found a man lodged in the crawl space.
The man was freed from the crawl space at 5:52 a.m. after members of the Darlington Volunteer Fire Co. cut the floor open to get him, police said.
He was arrested without incident and later released on his own recognizance, the department said. Damage at the business totaled $1,000, police said.
Crimes county police agencies said they investigated last week include:
400 block South Philadelphia Boulevard: A $500 videocassette recorder was stolenfrom Aberdeen Intown Motel, 404 S. Philadelphia Blvd., Dec. 27, townpolice said.
DATELINE: Bel Air
1300 block Mayflower Drive: A ruby and diamond ring worth $2,000 was stolen from a house between Dec.21 and Jan. 7, the sheriff's department said. The theft was reportedJan. 8.
Unit block Bel Air South Parkway: A $400 leather coat wasstolen from the Linda Lynn store at the Festival at Bel Air shoppingcenter Dec. 24, the sheriff's department said.
1200 block Walters Mill Road: A $950 diamond ring was stolen from ahouse between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11, the sheriff's department said. Thetheft was reported on Dec. 26.
1900 block Harford Road: A television, tool box, tools, a roll-top desk and a weed trimmer, worth $2,180, were stolen from a house sometime in December,police said.
300 block Glenville Road: Cash and earphones were stolen from a house Jan. 5, the sheriff's department said. A door and two metal cash boxes also
were damaged. Loss totaled $420.
1600 block Bel Air Road: 300 pounds of aluminum loading plate, worth $800, were stolen from Amrein Foods on Dec. 31, the sheriff's department said.
DATELINE: Forest Hill
1500 block Melrose Lane: Computer equipment was stolen from Old Line Plastics Inc., 1515 Melrose Lane, Jan. 2, the sheriff's department said. A desk also was damaged. Loss totaled $3,050.
2500 block Ridgeview Drive: Several pistols and guns, worth $650, were stolen from a house Jan. 9, the sheriff's department said.
4400 block Amoss Road: Stereo equipment, cassette tapes, clothing, sunglasses and a radar detector were stolen from a parked carDec. 30, the sheriff's department said. A window of the vehicle alsowas damaged. Loss totaled $1,800.
1700 block West Jarrettsville Road: A quarter ton of scrap copper wire and pipe, 50 vehicle batteries,two log chains, 10 rolls of copper tubing and aluminum wire, worth $1,500, were stolen from a storage area Jan. 1, the sheriff's department said.
100 block Breakwater Court: 13 boxes offrozen food, worth $910, were stolen from a house Jan. 3, the sheriff's department said.
DATELINE: White Hall
2600 block BradenbaughRoad: Stereo equipment, a radar equipment, cassette tapes and cologne, worth $1,305, were stolen from a parked car Dec. 30, the sheriff'sdepartment said.