Two briefcases reported stolen from a car belonging to the Baltimore Orioles' orthopedic surgeon were recovered today in a stolen car parked in the Homeland section of north Baltimore.
Dr. Charles Silberstein told Baltimore County police at the Towson station yesterday that the briefcases contained an Oriole team roster with the names, home addresses and phone numbers of team members, as well as unrelated medical records and correspondence.
City police said they found the briefcases at 11:15 a.m. today in a stolen Chevrolet Blazer parked in the 5300 block of Springlake Way. Papers relating to the baseball team were found in disarray inside the briefcases.
Police made no arrests. The briefcases were being turned over to Baltimore County police to determine, with Dr. Silberstein, whether anything was missing. The Blazer was being checked for clues.
Dr. Silberstein told Baltimore County police that he discovered the break-in of his 1991 Nissan Pathfinder yesterday in front of his home in Brooklandville.
He said today he had unlocked his car before 6 a.m. yesterday and placed two briefcases inside the vehicle before going back into the house for breakfast.
"The car was unattended for no more than 20 minutes in the driveway," he said. In that time, someone apparently entered the car, took the briefcases, looked in the glove box without taking anything, and fled.
The briefcases contained "absolutely nothing of value to anybody unless they wanted to irritate some of the Orioles," Dr. Silberstein said. "That's my biggest concern."
Oriole spokesman Rick Vaughn said Roland Hemond, the team's general manager, informed team members yesterday of the theft. They, in turn, have alerted family members. "And obviously the police are aware of it," Vaughn said.
Police said anyone having information about the incident should call 887-2361.