Long-sought Suspect In Con Operations Finally Captured

April 23, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

Gino Marchetti Jones, the reputed grifter whose name is known by almost every police officer in the county, was being held without bond last night at the county jail after his arrest on a warrant charging him with violating the terms of his probation.

Sheriff's deputies and county police arrested Jones at 3:30 p.m. yesterday after they found him hiding in a corner of an attic in a house in the 100 block of Leymar Road, Glen Burnie, said Sgt. Roy Shawn of the Sheriff's Department.

Shawn said he had staked out the house for two hours before he forced his way through a rear door to arrest Jones. The deputy said Jones, who was unarmed when arrested, had reneged on a promise to turn himself in Monday on bench warrants that had been issued April4 and April 11.

FOR THE RECORD - Articles on convicted auto thief Gino Marchetti Jones in the April 14 and April 23 editions of The Anne Arundel County Sun stated that a report prepared by Walter Skorko, of the state Department of Public Safety's Division of Parole and Probation, and approved by supervisor James McBride, referred to a judge's order to pay restitution to victims in the auto theft case and said, "All monies in this case have been paid in full."
The report referred to the order to pay restitution in the auto theft case, but the statement that all money had beenpaid referred to a case in which Jones was convicted of driving on asuspended license.

Jones, who gained his notoriety with local authorities after a decade of frequent run-ins with the law, was taken yesterday to the county police Northern District station for booking and to a District Court commissioner, who refused to set bond. He was then taken to the county detention center to await a bail review hearingin county Circuit Court.

Jones, a 30-year-old self-employed "car cleaner" who has been lined to illegal pursuits ranging from making crank telephone calls to selling cocaine to playing a key role in an auto theft ring, was profiled in the April 14 edition of The Anne Arundel County Sun.

Reports by an agent from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service's Division of Parole and Probation have termed Jones a "very good con man who knows the system well and can manipulate it to his advantage." The reports, by agent Mallory S. Fisher, also call Jones a "slick and manipulative individual"who squanders his remarkable business sense and above-average intelligence on illicit pursuits.

An investigator from the Motor VehicleAdministration said Jones, who was last licensed to sell used cars in 1984, is "curbstoning" -- selling used cars from the side of the road -- in Glen Burnie and Pasadena.

Prosecutors and some police officers call Jones the most likable criminal they've encountered, adding that he has never been knownto be involved in serious violence.

A spokeswoman for the Division of Parole and Probation said officials sought and obtained a warrant for Jones' arrest after he failed to pay restitution required as a condition of his probation on a 20-yearsuspended sentence for auto theft.

Under state law, a judge can order Jones to serve the suspended portion of his sentence if he is found guilty of violating the terms of his probation.

Walter Skorko,his probation agent, initially told a reporter that Jones was in compliance with the terms of his probation, and a Feb. 28 report said "all monies" owed in the case had been paid.

But the spokeswoman, Susan Kaskie, said April 10 that Jones had not made a $1,000 payment ordered in February. An April 5 letter handwritten by Skorko makes no mention of the $1,000 but shows that Jones was five weeks behind on $100 installments ordered by Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

Yesterday at the commissioner's office in Glen Burnie, Jones urged a longtime friend, Paul Hause, to show a reporter receipts for four $250 money orders dated March 31 and made out to the Division of Parole andProbation.

Hause said Jones' figures show he owes about $4,500 toward a total obligation of about $18,600 in restitution. Hause said Jones will pay the balance due.

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