$80,000 In Seafood Stolen From Giant

Police, fire log

April 24, 1991

State police are investigating the theft of approximately $80,000 worth of seafood that has been stolen in three incidents from the GiantFood warehouse in Jessup.

Three pallets of frozen lobster tails and 980 cases of canned tuna were stolen, police said. The thefts werediscovered Saturday during an inventory check.

The most recent theft is believed to have occurred Friday evening, while another theft apparently occurred three weeks ago. Giant officials say they also believe some of the food was taken in January.

Giant officials believe the food may have been taken by someone who works at the warehouse, located off Assateague Drive. Employees have been encouraged to report information about the thefts to a confidential in-house tip line, said Barry Scher, a spokesman for Giant.

"We're attempting to determine if it was an inside job. We think it was," he said. "The food could easily be fenced. They're brand-name products."

Scher said the stolen tuna is in cans marked with the Starkist and Bumblebee brands.

The thefts were committed while outside bay doors of the cargo area were locked, Scher said. He said he does not know how the

thief or thieves removed the boxes of food from the warehouse.

Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to call state police at the Waterloo barracks at 799-2101.


County police arrested 11 people Saturday during a drunken-driving roadblock in Columbia, a police spokesman said.

The roadblock, set up during the early morning hours on Route 175 near the intersection of Snowden River Parkway, was the first so far this year, Sgt. Gary L. Gardner said. All 11 people arrested were charged with driving while intoxicated.

Members of the Howard County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving assisted officers at the scene of the roadblock. A total of 573 cars passed through the checkpoint, police said.

Gardner said more roadblocks will be conducted during the summer.

County police arrested 80 people during sobriety checkpoints last year, Gardner said, and more than 200 people have been arrested since the department first began using roadblocks in 1988.


Twenty-four county firefighters and rescue workers who helped save lives in the past year will be honored next week, county fire officials said.

Gift ofLife awards will be presented for four lifesaving rescue efforts andone baby delivery, said Donald R. Howell, a county rescue services spokesman.

One of those to receive an award will be Thomas O. Norman, a firefighter-medic who delivered a baby girl Feb. 28 at a Columbia residence in the 5800 block of Copperstone Circle.

The baby, Bianca Elizabeth Lovelace, was the third that Norman has delivered in his medic career.

Co-worker Charles T. Jones Jr. assisted in Bianca's delivery. Both medics will receive the so-called Stork Award for their efforts, Howell said.

Norman also will get a Gift of Life award for his efforts in reviving a Columbia man who suffered cardiac arrest Feb. 13 while en route to Howard County General Hospital.

Twenty-two other firefighters and medical technicians will receive Gift of Life awards for three other heart attack cases so far this year.

The Gift of Life awards ceremony will be conducted Tuesday at the Banneker Room in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

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