Suspects still elude police Hunt began Jan. 7 as pair was spotted in stolen vehicle

January 10, 1993|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,Staff Writer

Two men who abandoned a stolen car after a high-speed chase and eluded a police manhunt in Abingdon Thursday night remained at large yesterday, police said.

Inside the 1991 Isuzu Trooper, police reported finding eight handguns, including revolvers and automatic weapons, that had been stolen earlier Thursday from a home in Havre de Grace.

For 90 minutes, five state troopers, 10 sheriff's deputies, two police dogs and a state police helicopter scoured the area near Route 924 and Interstate 95.

The incident began about 8 p.m. when Tfc. John Appleby spotted the stolen Isuzu traveling south on I-95 near the Riverside interchange.

When the officer turned on his flashing lights and siren, the truck sped off, exiting at Route 24.

The Isuzu stopped at a construction site on Route 924, and its occupants bolted into a heavily wooded area near Singer Road, Trooper Appleby said.

The vehicle, owned by Robert H. Deckman of the 100 block of N. Earlton Road, was reported stolen from his home at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 30.

The guns found in the vehicle had been stolen from a home in the 1000 block of Bern Drive just before 8 p.m. Thursday, said Havre de Grace police Sgt. John Van Gilder.

Cash, jewelry and an electronic game also had been stolen from the home, police said.

The items and the vehicle were examined for fingerprints by state police investigators at the Benson Barracks.

Results are pending.

The large-scale manhunt created a stir in Abingdon. "Everyone wanted to know what was happening," said Paula Kreczmer, a saleswoman at Boyle Buick, which was used as a temporary command post.

"This certainly was the most excitement we've had in this area for quite a while."

Miss Kreczmer and four other employees found out about the manhunt from James Kohl, a technician in the service department.

Mr. Kohl heard the report while listening to a police monitor and kept the rest of the employees informed.

"We received calls from several area businesses because they know we have the monitor," said Miss Kreczmer.

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