Four people were charged with theft Thursday morning and are being investigated in connection with a string of about 30 other recent thefts from cars in Columbia, county police said.
A patrol officer arrested the four suspects at 3 a.m. after stopping their car for a traffic check on Lambskin Lane. Two car stereos that had been reported stolen the previous evening were found in the car, police said.
Charged with theft were three Washington residents, Jose E. Amaya, 20; Chollo Romero, 24; and a 17-year-old boy who was charged as a juvenile, police said.
Also charged was James Leon Mattox, 30, of Gaithersburg.
Police said the four are being interviewed about their possible involvement in a recent rash of car break-ins throughout Columbia, in which car stereos and other personal items were reported stolen.
FIVE ARE CHARGED IN TWO DRUG RAIDS
County police arrested five people on drug charges in two Owen Brown neighborhoods last week.
Narcotics officers raided a home in the 6300 block of Summercrest Lane on Wednesday night and seized 21 bags of marijuana, each containing about one-eighth ounce of the drug, police said.
Arrested were two residents, Brian James Reamer, 18, and Nelson R. Deas, 20. Both were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
On Tuesday, three people were charged with possession of marijuana after police obtained a search warrant for a home in the 6500 block of Sweet Fern.
A small amount of marijuana was recovered from the home, along with rolling papers and smoking devices, police said.
Charged with possession of marijuana were residents Nathan Christian Johnson, 18, and Erin Marie Raymond, 18. Also charged was Joshua Murray Bartles, 19, of the 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road in Columbia.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
7400 block Sandalfoot Way: A generator and a tool box was reported stolen at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday from a garage.
6600 block Corina Court: Someone threw a rock through a rear door window at 8:12 p.m. Wednesday, but nothing appeared to be missing from the residence.
5200block West Running Brook Road: A 1989 Dodge Dynasty was reported stolen at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday from a residential area.
8400 block Falls Run Road: A kerosene heater was reported stolen at 7 a.m. Wednesday from a construction site.
6500 block Seneca Drive: A 1983 Ford Ranger was reported stolen at 7 a.m. Sunday from a residential area.
10400 block Twin Rivers Road: Cash was stolen from a desk of Concord Press Inc. sometime before 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
8400 block Cotton Easter Drive: A 1989 Dodge Ram Charger was reported stolen at 8:30a.m. Monday from a residential area.
5500 block Twin Knolls Road:Four offices in the Twin Knolls Professional Center were broken intosometime before 9 a.m. Sunday. In each case, a front door was pried open. Cash was reported stolen from three offices.
6400 block Dobbin Center Way: Someone kicked in the rear bay window of a Jiffy Lube service station at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, but no entry was gained.
10300 block Green Mountain Circle: A car of unidentified make was reported stolen at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday from a residential area.
7300 block Edenbrook Drive: A Nissan 300 ZX was reported stolen at 3:50 p.m. Monday from a residential area. The next day, a Buick Regal was reported stolen from the same area.
9400 block Farewell Road: A 1986 Chevrolet Camaro Iroc Z was reported stolen at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday froma residential area.
7200 block Meadow Wood Way: A window of a home was smashed in sometime before 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, but nothing appeared to be missing.
7000 block Woodscape Drive: Jewelry, cash and silverware were reported stolen at 8:30 p.m. Thursdayfrom a home entered through a broken window.
Junction Drive and Corridor Road: A 1990 Honda Accord was stolen sometime before 6:10 p.m. Monday from a residential area.
4000 block Old Columbia Pike: Several power tools were reported stolen at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday from a construction site.