WESTMINSTER — 2 charged in thefts
WESTMINSTER -- On April 5, residents in the Middlebrooke and Washington Heights neighborhoods woke up to find their car windows shattered and their cars ransacked.
Last Thursday, Westminster police arrested two juveniles and charged them with the malicious destruction of five automobiles and theft of items including stereos, tape cassettes, a radar detector and a wallet.
An anonymous informant gave Westminster police tips about the incident, according to department spokesman Cpl. Richard May. Officer Michael E. Bubel investigated and was able to identify the suspects, May said.
A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old confessed to the incidents and told police they broke into cars outside Westminster the same night, police said. Police said the two suspects are high school students but would not identify them.
The youths told police they sneaked out of their houses late Saturday night and used a BB gun to shatter the windows of the cars, police said. They chose cars in which they could see valuables, according to the statement they gave police.
May said the juveniles have been charged with five counts of malicious destruction, one count of theft and one count of conspiracy.
He said state police may charge them with additional offenses.
They were released into the custody of their parents.
WESTMINSTER -- City police Detective Barbara Litchfield was one of six police personnel across the state to receive the Governor's Victim Assistance Award.
Litchfield was cited for her outstanding contributions in the field of victim rights and services and for her assistance to crime victims and witnesses.
Your police protection
The primary law enforcement agency in the county is the Maryland State Police.
Emergencies: 911. Non-emergencies: 848-3111, 875-5418 or 876-2101. Crime Prevention Unit: 876-8956.
Also, the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, at 100 N. Court St., Westminster, provides county-wide law enforcement 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.
2& Information: 848-9666 or 876-2440.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (state police). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
dTC Poole Road: Westminster police arrested Michael A. Hicks, 30, and charged him with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia on May 10.
West Green Street: Westminster police said Lucy I. Brenneman reported that someone broke her basement window, causing $15 in damage, on May 13.
East Green Street: Westminster police said Andy R. Sadler reported that someone entered her shed and removed some property, worth $410, on May 13.
Sullivan Avenue: Westminster police said Shawna M. Ballentine reported that someone damaged two tires on her car, causing $113 in damage, on May 13.
Charles Street: Westminster police served Jeffrey A. Cook, 30, with a criminal summons charging him with one count each of writing a bad check and theft.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
6:53 a.m., Winfield investigated a smoke detector sounding on Piney Run Court.
8:56 a.m., Gamber responded to a boat motor on fire on London Bridge Road.
12:58 p.m., Hampstead assisted Baltimore County on a house fire on Falls Road.
L 6:26 p.m., Gamber investigated a building on Bartholow Road.
MA 8:06 p.m., Winfield responded to a wash detail on Bloom Road.
1:51 a.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Greenmount Church Road.
6:26 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Manchester and Hampstead responded to a building fire on North Court Street.
7:20 p.m., Gamber responded to a woods fire on Bollinger Mill Road.
4:14 p.m., Union Bridge, New Windsor and New Midway responded to a stove fire on Elger St.