CRIME OF THE WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the groupis targeting a breaking, entering and theft at a home in the 5600 block of French Avenue in Sykesville on Dec. 2, 1990.
Police said the home was ransacked and money and jewelry were stolen.
The crime was one of several breaking and enterings to occur in the county recently.
Crime Solvers urges county residents to take additional precautions to adequately secure their homes.
If your neighborhood does not actively participate in a Neighborhood Watch or Operation ID, please contact the Maryland State Police at 876-8956.
If you have any information on the breaking and enterings, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to give your name, andif your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.
MAN CHARGED IN THEFT
WESTMINSTER -- A 33-year-old Reisterstown man was arrested by state police Wednesday and charged with 20 counts of theft in connection with an advertising scheme.
Police arrested Howard Blaustein and charged him with 19 counts of theft of less than $300 and one count of theft of more than $300 after a four-month investigation, reports said.
He was taken before a bail commissioner and released on $5,000 bond.
Police believe that Blaustein stole $1,960 from 18 business owners by representing himself as a salesman for the Advertising Journal.
A police investigation into Blaustein began after the owners of Hess Music in Manchester reported a possible theft.
The owners told police they paid Blaustein $200 for advertising, but he never returned to pick up the proofs.
Several other north Carroll businesses, including Hyson's Furniture, Bob's Variety Store, Grow-Like-A-Weed Consignment Shop and R & R Furniture Strippers, told police they also paid Blaustein for advertising they never received.
Police said the thefts occurred between last Aug. 10 and Sept. 17.
POLICE MEET OFFICIALS
WESTMINSTER -- State troopers from the Westminster barracks met with the new County Commissioners Thursday and asked to add three more officers next year.
First Lt. KennethL. Tregoning, commander of the barracks, told the commissioners thathe would like to see the Resident Trooper Program grow to keep pace with population growth in the county.
"Realizing the economic conditions right now, we will understand if we don't get them," said Tregoning, adding that no new resident troopers have been added for the past two years.
The barracks has 48 resident troopers and 43 barracks troopers. Two recent graduates from the state police academy have joined the Westminster unit in the last year, Tregoning said.
The troopers' meeting last week was the first between Tregoning and new Commissioners Elmer C. Lippy Jr. and Donald I. Dell.
Dell asked Tregoning how long he thinks the state will allow the resident troopers to remain in Carroll County.
Tregoning said he thinks that as long the county has a "strong voice in Annapolis," the program should remain intact.
Carroll is the only county in the state to rely so heavily on the state police for enforcement.
A committee impaneled by the commissioners last year found that the county should begin planning for a countywide police force.
"They suggested you should keep the current system as long as possible, and then make changes if you have to," Tregoning said.
Some law enforcement officials, including former Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, said the county should not rely on the state police.
POLICE SEEK SUSPECT
HAMPSTEAD -- Town police said they are questioning several people in connection with an armed robbery at the Farmers and Merchants Bank Jan. 11, but they declined to estimate when an arrest could be made.
Hampstead Police Chief Kenneth Russell said bank employees reported that a man entered the Hanover Pike bank at 9:30 a.m., pulled out a small-caliber handgun and orderedtellers to open their money drawers.
Russell said the man left the bank cradling the money in his arms. Some of it was recovered in the parking lot, he said.
No one was injured in the robbery, and Russelldid not release the amount of money stolen.
The suspect is described as a white male, age 22 to 25, between 5-foot-6 and 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.
Russell said the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Baltimore told him the robbery did not fit a pattern of robberies elsewhere in the state.
STOLEN CAR FOUND
BALTIMORE -- A car stolen outside an Eldersburg bank was found in the 2300 block of Warwick Avenue, state police said Friday.
The car, a gray 1990 Mazda 626, was stolen Thursday afternoon outside the MarylandNational Bank branch at the Carrolltowne Mall, police said.
Ownedby bank employee Pamela Jeffrey of Eldersburg, the locked car was broken into and then driven away at about 3 p.m. Thursday, police said.
At about 2:26 p.m. Friday, the car was found by city police and taken to an impounding lot. No details about an arrest or the condition of the car were available late Friday afternoon.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
11:25 a.m., Reese and Westminster responded to chimney fire on Arabian Drive.
1:14 a.m., Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded to an electrical fire Krider's Church Road.
1:36 a.m., Lineboro and Manchester responded to an odor of natural gas on Mount Ventus Road in York County, Pa.