COLUMBIA — A 17-year-old Columbia resident has been charged with stealing police equipment, including a gun and a badge, from patrol cars that were broken into last May and October, county police said.
The boy, whowas charged through juvenile petitions, allegedly also took a nightstick, hat, briefcase, clothing and patrol car keys in the thefts, police said. All items except the gun and badge have been recovered.
Police said some of the equipment was taken May 19, 1990, when a police car was broken into in a residential area of Columbia. Last October, more equipment was taken from two patrol cars at another residential area in Columbia after someone stole keys left in the ignitionof one of the cars.
Officers had left the cars parked outside their homes. Police are allowed to take the vehicles after hours as partof a take-home car program. No departmental charges were filed against the officers, police said.
The youth was linked to the incidents by statements he made during a police interview April 4, police said. He was charged with three counts of theft.
Police said he was also charged with six counts of breaking and entering in connection with several recent burglaries of Columbia homes.
The search for thegun and the badge, which the youth claimed to have discarded into a trash can, is continuing, police said. The suspect was released to the custody of his parents.
MAN ASSAULTED BY 6 ON COLUMBIA STREET
A 21-year-old Rockville man suffered head injuries Thursday when he wasattacked and robbed in Columbia by six men wearing baseball caps, county police said.
The victim reported that he was walking in the 5900 block of Steven's Forest Road shortly before 8:30 p.m. when the men approached him and asked for directions, police said.
Before the victim could respond, one of the men punched him in the head and knocked him to the ground, police said. He was then kicked, punched andstruck with a beer bottle.
The attackers fled after taking approximately $40 in cash and a box of cassette tapes that the victim was carrying, police said.
Police said the victim was treated and released at Howard County General Hospital for injuries to his ear, nose, eyes and back of the head, police said.
HIGH SCHOOL BREAK-IN THWARTEDIN COLUMBIA
Two county residents were arrested on burglary charges Wednesday after a break-in at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, county police said.
An officer responding to an alarm at the school, at 5460 Trumpeter Road, found two people fleeing from the buildingat 12:30 a.m., police said. Police said someone had tried to remove a computer.
Charged with breaking and entering were Tracy Lamont Hood, 20, of the 7400 block of Cherry Tree Drive in Fulton, and Vincent Lee Henry, 18, of the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane in Columbia, police said.
A third person who appeared to also have been involved in the break-in fled from the scene, police said.
Hood and Henry were being held Friday at the Howard County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:
10400 block Cross Fox Lane: April 6, a 1986 Dodge Aires was reported stolen at 1 a.m. from a residentialarea.
5700 block Yellow Rose Court: April 6, electronic equipmentand jewelry were reported stolen at 9:50 p.m. from a home entered through a basement window.
5100 block Downwest Ride: April 5, an unknown person tried to break into a home through a sliding glass door by breaking the glass, but no entry was made.
10500 block Catterskill Court: April 5, electronic equipment, jewelry, and a microwave oven were reported stolen at 10 p.m. from a home entered through a window that was pried open.
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8400 block US 40:April 8, an unknown man indecently exposed himself at a tanning salon. The man entered the salon at 9:30 a.m. and told an employee that he wanted to get a tan; he then turned toward another patron in a tanning booth and exposed himself. He was last seen fleeing the parking lot in a blue Ford pick-up truck.
3200 block Normandy Woods Drive: April 7, a 1986 Mazda 323 was stolen from an apartment parking lot.