K-9 on Hayden's street

April 18, 1992

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden got a firsthand view of police in action yesterday when a police helicopter and K-9 teams searched for a burglary suspect in Mr. Hayden's neighborhood.

The incident occurred about 3:45 p.m. at a home in the 13300 block of Fork Road, in the Long Green Valley area. A 14-year-old youth told police he was checking the house for its owners, who were out of town, when he encountered a burglar, according to Cpl. Thomas R. McCreer, a county police spokesman.

Corporal McCreer said the youth told police that the burglar forced him into a station wagon owned by the house's owners and ordered him to drive south on Long Green Pike. However, the youth -- who was unable to drive very well -- ran off the road into a ditch about 1.5 miles south of Fork Road. After the crash, the youth and burglar jumped out of the car and ran in opposite directions, the spokesman said.

Police then began an air and land search for the suspect, described as a white male last seen wearing a ski mask, black jacket and white sweat pants. He was still being sought last night.

Investigators said they were also questioning the youth to determine the validity of the alleged abduction and were considering the possibility that the youth had taken the car for a joy ride.

Mr. Hayden came out of his home when the police activity began and asked officers to explain what had happened. Mr. Hayden lives across the street from the house where the alleged incident occurred, Corporal McCreer said.

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