Tot lot graffiti under investigation
Police are investigating the painting of a swastika and Star of David near an Ellicott City tot lot.
Police found the spray-painting Wednesday afternoon at the 10000 block of Route 108 on a pathway near the Mayfield Avenue playground. Police interviewed nearby residents but could not find a suspect or a motive.
Man, 43, charged with prescription fraud
An Arbutus man has been charged with falsifying doctors' signatures to obtain prescription drugs and then selling them on the street.
John Douglas Kratz, 43, of the 1200 block of Greystone Road, was arrested Tuesday after police searched his house and found prescription drugs and street drugs, including cocaine and heroin.
He was charged with three counts of making or possessing forged prescriptions, four counts of obtaining a forged prescription and one count of theft.
Police say Mr. Kratz signed different doctors' names on prescription sheets and used them at pharmacies in Elkridge, Ellicott City and other areas around the state. Police say he prescribed himself the painkillers Tylox and Percocet and sold them on the street in Baltimore.
A search of his house turned up other prescription drugs as well as heroin, cocaine and marijuana, and other charges against him are pending, according to police.
Police became suspicious of him after an Elkridge pharmacist who refused to dispense him drugs called and reported him to police.
2 brothers arrested for suspected theft
Two Columbia brothers were arrested on theft charges Tuesday night after police found reinforcement wire in their pickup truck.
An officer on patrol spotted the teen-agers, ages 17 and 15, driving slowly with their lights off at a construction site at the 5100 block of Crystals Springs Drive in Ellicott City.
Police say the wire was used when pouring concrete and could have been sold as scrap metal.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
5400 block of Waterloo Road: Items were taken from a jewelry drawer Tuesday morning.
9100 Lambskin Lane: A window was smashed overnight Monday. A TV and a microwave oven were taken.
6200 block of Hidden Clearing: A window screen was pried either Monday or Tuesday.
6900 block of Hobnail Court: A wallet was stolen late Monday night. Entry was made through an unlocked sliding door.
9200 block of Red Cart Court: A screen door was broken overnight Monday and a purse and a wallet were taken.
9200 block of Red Cart Court: A purse and a wallet stolen overnight Monday were found on the deck of the home.
1100 block of Woodelves Way: A resident awakened early Tuesday morning to hear breaking glass. A wallet and a purse were stolen.
5300 block of Mad River Lane: Outside floodlights were unscrewed and a window screen was pried overnight June 27. ZZTC VCR, TV, answering machine and jewelry worth more than $10,000 were stolen.
8800 block of Blade Green Court: The ignition of a 1984 Nissan 300ZX was damaged early Thursday morning.
5000 block of West Running Brook Road: Windows near the front door and basement were smashed over
night Saturday. A box with gold chains was taken.
5100 block of Columbia Road: A stereo was taken overnight Tuesday. Entry was made through an unlocked door.
5400 block of Mystic Court: A house was ransacked Wednesday night.
6300 block of Frostwork Row: Someone entered through an unlocked door Tuesday and stole bathing suits and underwear.
8900 block of Lambskin Lane: A wall panel was pried and a ceiling to a Locust Park Pool snack shed was torn overnight Monday. A cash box was taken.
6000 block of Oakland Mills Road: Flavoring bottles and cash from the Crazy Ape Snowball Stand were taken early Tuesday morning.
9500 block of Berger Road: Pry marks were found near a warehouse door hinge Tuesday.
5200 block of Cedar Lane: A 1992 gold Subaru Legacy was stolen overnight Monday.
5000 block of Columbia Road: A 1984 red Chevette was stolen overnight Monday.
1100 block of Dobbin Road: A rock was thrown through the window of Masons and Friends Hair Salon overnight Tuesday. Cash was taken.
5500 block of Sterett Place: A window of New City Cleaners was smashed overnight Tuesday. A cash box was taken.
6900 block of Oakland Mills Road: A cash register and cash were taken from the Bagels Delight store. Entry was gained through a broken door.
8400 block of U.S. 40: A 1990 maroon Volvo was stolen Tuesday morning from the Griffith Saturn Dealership.
14000 block of Triadelphia Road: A garage was entered overnight Saturday and a tool box was taken.
7300 block of U.S. 1: Softball bats and gloves were stolen from Imprinted Sportswear early Wednesday morning.
8500 block of Storch Woods Drive: Drapes and a vacuum were taken between June 28 and Tuesday. Entry was made through an unlocked window.
Gorman Road and Knightsbridge: A blue 1983 Chevy Blazer was stolen Tuesday. The keys had been left on or near the car.