Shoplifter pulls gun on security guard
A shoplifter pulled a gun on a department store security guard last week after a foot chase at the parking lot of The Mall in Columbia.
Police said two men were allegedly stealing clothes from Hecht's Thursday afternoon when they were stopped by security guards. One man was arrested, but the other fled to an awaiting car.
Police said as the security guard approached the car, the man pulled a gun and drove off.
Police describe the gunman as 5-foot-7, thin, black, with shaved hair, wearing a long-sleeved denim shirt and blue shorts.
Police said no shots were fired. They are continuing their investigation.
Earl Grafton Douglas, 28, of the 1700 block of E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, who was arrested at the store, was charged with shoplifting.
Teen-ager robs boy of $5 at video arcade
An 11-year-old boy was robbed of $5 by a 16-year-old after the two played video games together at The Mall in Columbia last week.
Police said the two had finished playing a video game Thursday night at Champions arcade when the teen-ager told the Ellicott Cityboy to hand over the rest of his money. The boy turned to leave but surrendered the money after the teen-ager said he had a knife.
Police said the youths did not know each other.
Police describe the 16-year-old as 6 feet, black, with a high flattop. He was wearing blue sweat pants and a navy blue jacket with wide gray stripes across the front.
Three teens arrested in car break-ins
Three Columbia teen-agers were arrested last week after police found them allegedly stealing stereo equipment and other items from cars in a village of Owen Brown parking lot.
Police responding to a suspicious activity call at Loring Drive in Sewells Orchard found several items on the ground and several people inside a car.
Police arrested Robert W. Baumann, 19, of the 7300 block of Hickory Log Circle and charged him with five counts of theft under $300. He was released on personal recognizance.
Two Columbia youths -- a 15- and a 16-year-old -- also were arrested and released to their parents' custody.
Police say they are responsible for breaking into five cars and stealing money, a CB radio, a radar detector and a cassette tape holder.
Police are looking for other suspects.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
* 10800 block of Green Mountain Circle: An unsecured door was entered between 2 and 5 p.m. Wednesday. A purse was stolen.
* 10400 Old Columbia Road: Stereo equipment, a VCR and a lamp stand were missing from a storage bin at Storage USA.
* 9200 block of Log Chain Road: A 1989 Chrysler Eagle was stolen overnight Wednesday.
* 8300 block of Mary Lee Lane: A 1987 Pontiac Fiero was stolen between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
* 7600 block of Woodpark Lane: A door was pried open between 5 p.m. Aug. 7 and 11 p.m. Monday. There was no entry.
* 6700 block of Seneca Drive: A plastic cover was pried from a window at the Atholton Swim Club between 9 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Candy was taken.
* 11000 block of Swansfield Road: A window screen was pried open Aug. 8. Money and jewelry were taken.
* 10100 block of Owen Brown Road: A window pane was broken Aug. 8. A videocassette recorder, a piano and jewelry were taken.
* 6200 block of Dusty Glass Court: A door was broken Aug. 7. Residents were away.
* 7100 block of Columbia Gateway Drive: Windows of Manekin Corp. and KoKo's Food Market were smashed early Aug. 7. Cash and a shaving kit were taken from the food market.
* 8700 block of Cloudleap Court:A 17-year-old Columbia youth was charged with being a rogue and a vagabond Aug. 7. Police found him in a car that didn't belong to him.
* 5400 block of Beaverkill Road: A person saw a man in his 30s masturbating the night of Aug. 6. The man, wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans, walked toward the Harper's Choice Village Center.
* 6400 block of Dobbin Road: Keith Gerard Martin, 31, of Baltimore was charged with stealing a 1979 Ford pickup truck Aug. 8.
* 10000 block of Old Columbia Road: A door was pried open at Hochstadt & Associates Aug. 9. A Chicago Bulls leather jacket worth more than $1,000 and other items were taken.
/# * 8700 block of Mission Road: A
hasp was pried from a storage shed early Aug. 5. Bikes were taken.
* 8700 block of Greenwood Place: The bottom of a door to Alling & Cory Inc. was forced open Aug. 7. Police reported no entry.
* 14100 block of Rover Mill Road: A shed was entered between 1:30 and 4:40 p.m. Tuesday. A trail bike was stolen.
* 6500 block of Hanover Road: The steering column of a 1992 Ford Explorer was stripped Aug. 6.
* 5700 block of Furnace Avenue: An unlocked shed was entered between 6 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday. A weed-whacker was taken.
* 8300 block of Painted Rock: A door lock was popped open between 7:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.