Burglar cornered by police in attic pleads guilty Sentencing set for Jan. 13

November 25, 1992

A man who broke into an Annapolis home in April in search of a safe and found himself cornered by police in an attic admitted his role in the botched robbery attempt yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

Charles Ford, 21, of the 1100 block of Madison St., Annapolis, yesterday pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted armed robbery and illegal use of a handgun in the April 2 robbery attempt.

Police said that Ford and Michael A. White, 21, of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn, forced their way into the home of William Cook Sr. of the 1300 block of Colony Drive shortly after midnight. They fled into the attic of the house after the occupants escaped and police arrived.

Officers cornered the men in the attic for two hours, but were hesitant to rush them because they were told one of the burglars had a pistol.

The standoff ended when one of the officers threatened to use tear gas and having none on hand, threw a videotape into the attic, shouting, "Gas!"

Ford told Judge Raymond G. Thieme that he was not armed, and that he never intended to hurt anyone.

White pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary, attempted armed robbery and illegal use of a handgun in the incident. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20.

Judge Thieme set sentencing for Ford for Jan. 13.

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