Tape may aid in sale of stolen property case

January 24, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

A Westminster resident's quick action with a video camera may help build a case against two people suspected of selling stolen goods from a car in an apartment complex parking lot Friday afternoon, police said.

Police said the man with the camera, whom they would not identify, taped the two men selling items, then turned the tape over to police officers.

After receiving a telephone tip about suspected stolen goods being sold out of a car in the parking lot of a South Center Street apartment complex, Westminster police arrested John M. Cartrette, 19, of no fixed address, and a 17-year-old boy from Littlestown, Pa.

City police reported finding jewelry, several hundred dollars, three rifles, stereo speakers, cordless phones and other items in the suspects' car. Two apartment residents who said they had bought a TV and a VCR from the suspects surrendered the items to police.

As Westminster police were taking inventory of the items in the car, state police were interviewing Chuck and Peggy Cunningham, who reported that their Frizzellburg home had been broken into about 1 p.m. Friday and that some items were missing. Mrs. Cunningham is Carroll County bureau chief for The Sun.

Westminster police made a routine check with state police and found that "the state trooper was taking a report of stolen property at the same time, and the items were matching," said Corporal Mann.

Mr. Cartrette was charged with felony breaking and entering, misdemeanor breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property valued at more than $300 and theft of property valued at more than $300.

The 17-year-old was charged with felony breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property over $300 and theft of property valued at more than $300.

Mr. Cartrette was being held at the county detention center yesterday on a bond of $7,000. The 17-year-old was taken to the Charles Hickey School.

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