Police Trace Suspects By Abandoned Card

Police, fire log

March 08, 1992

A car registration card left at an Ellicott City house led police totwo Baltimore men suspected of trying to break into the home Tuesdaymorning.

Police found the card outside a house in the 7800 block of Breakstone Court. The owner of the house was awakened by a barkingdog and called police after discovering his basement window open at 3:40 a.m.

Police found the car listed on the registration card and the suspects on Montgomery Road near Route 144 a short time later. They arrested Arnold L. Bowman, Jr., 21, of the 800 block of Mangold Street, and Michael W. Hapbell, 22, of the 1100 block of Scott Street, and charged them with burglary, theft and destruction of property.

Inside the car were construction tools and car stereos, items police say link the two suspects to other crimes committed in Harford and Baltimorecounties, as well as in Pennsylvania.


Two armed men robbed an Owen Brown soccer supply and equipmentstore Tuesday night, escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash andclothing.

Police say the suspects posed as customers at about 8:40 p.m. in the Simply Soccer store in the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way. After they brought items to the cash register, they pulled out their weapons and announced a robbery. No one was injured.

One suspecthad an undescribed weapon and the other had a handgun, according to Detective David Schickner of the county criminal investigations division.

Police describe one of the suspects as a 6-foot to 6-foot-3 medium-built, dark-skinned male in his early to mid-20s, weighing 170 pounds. The other suspect was a thin, black male in his early to mid-20s, weighing 140 pounds.


Police have charged a Baltimore delivery van driver in connection

with the death of an 11-year-old Columbia girl Feb. 27 who was killed as she stepped off a school bus.

Police charged Charles H. Smith, 21, of the 4900 block of Challedon Road, with failure to stop for a stopped school bus, reckless driving and negligent driving in the death of Malobika Bagchi, a fifth-grader at Trinity School in Ilchester.

The accident occurred at Little Patuxent Parkway and Green Meadow Drive, where Smith and a passenger were said to be making deliveries for Rent-A-Center of America. They were looking for addresses and didnot see the blinking lights, according to Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, police spokesman.


A 22-year-old man wanted for assault with intent to murder in Baltimore County has been arrested by Howard County police.

Timothy E. Ridenour, 22, of the 2800block of Georgia Avenue, was arrested Wednesday night after police found him at the Elkridge Drive Inn in Elkridge.


A trailer fire Wednesday night at O'Donnell Pontiac at routes 29 and 40 was accidental, according to fire officials.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said a faulty computer cord caused the fire, which destroyed the interior and contents of an office trailer used by the car dealership's body repair department.

The 11:12 p.m. fire caused more than $25,000 in damage. Battalion ChiefDonald Howell said the fire did not destroy any cars.

Other crimes reported to Howard County police:


9200 block of Sealed Message: Police received a call and arrested the resident's son for breaking and entering.

Kings Contrivance: Someone tried unsuccessfully to pry open the rear door to Trattoria Pizzeria between 1 a.m.and noon March 1.

10600 block of Owen Brown Road: The interior office doors of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church were pried

open between March 1 and 2. Nothing was taken.

Columbia Mall: A 1989 maroon Chevrolet Celebrity was reported stolen between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Monday.

Steamerbell Row: An owner whose 1987 Olds Cutlass was stolen Feb. 21 at Deep Cup found the car at a dead-end street.

5700 Flagflower Place: Someone forced open a rear door and stole a stereo and a VCR.

Ellicott City

6200 Manchester Way: Someone broke into a house Monday night by prying the metal plate at the base of a sliding door with a screwdriver. Radio, cash and jewelry were taken.

8600 block of Andrew Ellicott Court: Plywood sheets, studs and plates were taken from a homebuilder company between Feb. 28 and 29.

8400 blockof Route 40: Someone took keys from the office and stole a 1991 two-door Suzuki Sidekick from Rea Keech Buick between Feb. 10 and 20.

3400 block of Normandy Woods Drive: Someone pried open the front doorof an apartment and stole a safe. Other items, including tools and aTV, were not stolen.

6700 block of Old Waterloo Road: A Honda wasreported stolen at 5:26 a.m. Tuesday.


6700 block of Ducketts Lane: Someone was seen pushing a 1986 Honda Rebel motorcycle down the street at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday. Two other people were waiting in a station wagon down the street. All three fled the scene after they noticed they were being observed putting the Honda in the back of their car.

North Laurel

9400 block of All Saints Road: Someone tried to enter a house by breaking into a window and the front door at 7:32 p.m. March 1. A suspect described as a 6-foot white male wearing dark clothes was seen running away from the house.

9100 block of All Saints Road: A 1986 Ford Bronco stolen from Laurel City was recovered on Wednesday.

9300 block of Madison Avenue: Someone took a leaf blower and a bike from a storage shed and vandalized a car between Tuesday and Wednesday.


8900 block of River Island Drive: Someone entered a storage area and took lawn equipment between Feb. 27 and Monday.

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