Businesses looted, 4 men are charged
Several Long Reach businesses were broken into last week by thieves who smashed glass doors and pried open windows to get in. Police say they arrested four men for breaking and entering a nearby house.
Police said the glass front door of the Subway Shop in the village center was smashed overnight Monday and cash was taken.
Another glass door was destroyed during the same time at Leidig Bakery, where thieves took a cash register and tried to break into a safe, police said.
At Mr. Tire, on the 6400 block of Dobbin Road, the front door was smashed, the cash register ransacked and rolled coins taken.
At the Mid-Atlantic Co. at the 9000 block of Mendenhall Court, a window was pried open, and computers and tools were taken.
On Wednesday night, close timing led to the arrest of four men charged with breaking and entering a Long Reach house Wednesday night.
A neighbor who saw a man carrying a TV on a foot path became suspicious and called police, giving them a description of his car. Minutes later, police stopped the car -- with four men and a TV -- on Tamar Drive and Foreland Garth.
During this time, police received a call about a breaking and entering that had just occurred at the 8900 block of Footed Ridge, where the owner reported a stolen TV. Police said they drove the owner to the traffic stop, where he identified the TV.
Arrested were Calvin V. Johnson, 36, of the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court; Kenneth E. Kosh, 38, of the 12000 block of Hall Shop Road in Scaggsville; Antonio G. Laws, 35, of the 200 block of Ridgeland Road in Baltimore; and Marvin Harding, 34, of the 13500 block of Highland Road in Clarksville.
All were charged with breaking and entering. Police also found jewelry, a VCR, coins, and a radio, worth a total of more than $2,500, in the car.
Police are investigating to determine if the break-ins are related.
Lisbon trio held on drug charges
Police say they arrested a Lisbon man and woman Tuesday after an evening raid at their house turned up almost 100 vials of cocaine and a loaded sawed-off shotgun.
Police charged Dwayne E. Wessel and Linda A. Lovell, both of the 16100 block of Frederick Road, with armed drug trafficking, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police also charged a 15-year-old Lisbon youth at the house with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of fireworks.
Police say they found a loaded Tech-9, a semiautomatic weapon, and devices for smoking cocaine in the house.
Police said Wessel was involved in a bar fight last month at the Morgan Inn in Woodbine. Wessel wielded a gun in the argument and left for home, where he argued with his girlfriend and fired several shots from inside the house, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman.
Police later were called out because they thought Wessel had barricaded himself in the house, Gardner said.
During last month's incident, police discovered drug ' paraphernalia and subsequently sought a warrant to search the house.
Man, 26, charged in house break-in
A 26-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly breaking and entering into his former girlfriend's home.
Harold Wilson Carroll, of no known address, was arrested Tuesday. Police said he broke through a bedroom window of his ex-girlfriend's house at the 6100 block of Turnabout Lane.
Police said Carroll has broken into the home before and has two arrest warrants on assault charges.
Police identify Clarksville victim
Police have identified an Ellicott City man who died in last week's car crash in Clarksville.
Police said Eugene Moricle, of the 3200 block of Pine Orchard Lane, was driving a white Toyota that crossed the center line Tuesday morning and collided with a van. Moricle, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the van, 25-year-old Tony Hubble, of unknown address, was transported by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center in Baltimore. He was listed in critical but stable condition Friday, a spokeswoman said.
The accident on Route 108 near Little Patuxent Court also injured three passengers in the van. They were treated for minor injuries and released from Howard County General Hospital.
Police are investigating the accident.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
8800 block of Cloudleap Court: A screen was removed from a window overnight Wednesday.
5000 block of Whetstone Road: Someone tampered with a garage door lock between May 3 and 7.
9600 block of Whiteacre Road: A 1978 Chevy Nova with Delaware tags was stolen either Wednesday or Thursday.
9400 block of Kilimanjaro Road: A 1989 Ford Probe was stolen overnight Thursday.
6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: A front door of a dry cleaners was smashed and a cash register was taken overnight Monday. The cash register was later found in the parking lot.