Burglary-ring suspect freed on $50,000 bond

August 11, 1991

A 35-year-old Bladensburg liquor store owner who was arrested by Prince George's County police and federal agents in Washington-area burglary operation that dealt in guns and jewelry was released from jail yesterday after posting a $50,000 bond.

Susan Marie Kidwell, of the 4200 block of Edmonston Road in Bladensburg, was released at about 10 a.m. from the Prince George's County Detention Center, where she had been held since her arrest Friday morning, officials said.

Ms. Kidwell was charged with two felony counts of possession of stolen goods, and police said they expected to bring other charges against her stemming from the investigation.

Police arrested Ms. Kidwell after raiding her home, her store, Kidwells Package Store in the 4200 block of Kenilworth Avenue in Bladensburg, and a safe-deposit box in her name at the Bladensburg branch of Citizens Bank of Maryland.

Authorities said the seized at least 32 stolen pistols, rifles and shotguns valued at more than $18,000; about $45,000; more than $80,000 in stolen jewelry and other stolen merchandise. Police confiscated eight other guns at her home and liquor store, but have not determined whether they were stolen.

The investigation, which involved agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and police from Prince George's County, Bladensburg, and Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia, led officials to close more than 30 open burglary cases in Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia, authorities said.

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