Solve Crime Of Week

Police and fire scan

March 03, 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 a breaking, entering and theft at a home on NicodemusRoad on Jan. 14.

Police said the home was entered sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. Entry was gained by breaking the glass of a back door.

Several computer items were stolen, including a DTK Keen 2000 computer,a Magnavox 9CM082 monitor, a Suntouch keyboard, and RCI power driver, Kraft 3 button mouse, a Cardinal Interna modem, and an Epson 9 pin printer, police said.

Also taken were several compact discs and computer software.

Police said the home recently has been the targetof multiple crimes.

A neighbor may be involved, police said.

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 -- State police completed an eight-month investigation into several daytime breaking and enterings in south Carroll with the arrest of three Howard County men.

The men were charged in 10 thefts from south Carroll homes between June 26 and August 22, said Tfc. Robert R. Heuisler.

Heuisler said the three men were charged as a result of an cooperative investigation between the state police in Westminster, Howard County Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department.

The police departments began working together when they discovered they were seeing the same kinds of robberies in each of their jurisdictions and figured they all were committed by the same people, he said.

Heuisler said some of the breaking, enteringsand thefts were committed on the same days in different counties.

He said the suspects would go up to a house, knock on the front door, and if no one answered, they would return and break in.

Police estimate the victims of the thefts may have had a total loss of $96,000.

"It was a mini-crime spree," Heuisler said.

He said Howard County police arrested Andrew Venters, 22, address unknown, near the scene of one of the crimes Nov. 6. He is being held in the Howard County detention center.

Homer Shaffer, 24, ran away from the crime scene but was arrested Feb. 26 in Hagerstown, Washington County. He is being held at the Hagerstown detention center.

The third suspect, a juvenile, was arrested and charged Nov. 6. He was released into thecustody of his parents.


WESTMINSTER -- State police still are seeking suspects in three armed robberies of county convenience stores.

Police believe the suspect who robbed the Tevco Self-Serve convenience store in Finksburg Feb. 15 also may haverobbed the same store Feb. 6.

The suspect is described as a whitemale in his mid-20s, weighing about 140 pounds, with a blond mustache.

The suspect wore a nylon stocking on his face with eyeholes cutin it, police said.

During the second Tevco robbery, the man worea hood pulled tight around his head so that only a small portion of his face showed.

In one of the robberies, the suspect claimed he had a knife. In the other, he displayed a small semiautomatic weapon.

In another armed robbery at the High's Dairy Store at Route 26 andKlee Mill Road Feb. 5, police said a man entered the store and displayed a small silver revolver while demanding the store clerks empty the cash register.

The man fled in a 1988 Mazda that was reported stolen from Baltimore, police said. Another man was waiting in the car.

After a chase with a state police car, the car was abandoned on Nicodemus Road in Baltimore County.

Police believe the pair stole another car in Baltimore County and then abandoned it in Baltimore City.

State police Sgt. Jeff Merson said the police are working closely with Baltimore City police to find the suspects. He believes theylive in the city.

One of the suspects is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, between 25 and 30 years old.

He wore a medium-length black trench coat at the time of the robbery.

If you have any information about these cases or believe you may know who is involved,please call the state police at 848-3111.


WESTMINSTER -- State police may have a suspect in connection with anarmed robbery at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Hampstead Jan. 11, but they say they need more evidence before they can make an arrest.

Sgt. Jeff Merson said Friday that he did not know when the man would be arrested and charged.

At the time of the robbery, police said bank employees told them that a man entered the bank at 9:30 a.m., pulled out a small-caliber handgun, and ordered tellers to open their money drawers.

Police said the man told all the employees in the bank to lie on the floor and then he jumped over the counter to scoop up bundles of cash.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Police said some of the money was recovered in the bank parking lot.

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