West Columbia

January 18, 1993

Two 16-year-olds charged as juveniles in two burglaries

Two 16-year-olds have been arrested and charged in connection with two burglaries in West Columbia, Howard County police said.

The teens were charged as juveniles Thursday afternoon and taken to a juvenile detention facility, police said.

State police at the Westminster Barracks turned them over to Howard County police last week after charging them with theft and destruction of property in an unrelated break-in at a home in Mount Airy, police said.

They became suspects in Howard County when police learned they had been driving a 1984 Honda Accord that was reported stolen in a burglary Jan. 7 on Fall River Court in West Columbia, police said.

A Baltimore County police officer had questioned them for suspicious activity earlier that day in the car, but hadn't realized the car was stolen, Howard County police said. The juveniles also are wanted in connection with a burglary on Grand Banks Road between Jan. 9 and 11, police said.

In both Howard County burglaries, stereo equipment, compact discs and clothing were among items taken.

Police are continuing the investigation to determine if the pair might be responsible for other break-ins in West Columbia.

POLICE LOG

* Harper's Choice: 5400 block of Old Tucker Row: A windshield on a 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass was shattered between 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Wednesday.

* Hickory Ridge: 10800 block of Braeburn Road: A $20 black metal mailbox was stolen between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday.

* Town Center: 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: A shopper's wallet was stolen about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Columbia Mall.

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