State police honor man as good citizen He helped trooper capture 2 suspects

February 19, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

State police gave Joseph Edgar Boerner of Manchester a Good Citizen Award yesterday for helping them capture two suspects during an alleged burglary on Cape Horn Road Jan. 15.

Police said they recovered more than $10,000 worth of stolen property when they arrested the suspects at a State Highway Administration salt barn minutes after Mr. Boerner reported the burglary.

Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster barracks, presented the award yesterday at a ceremony in the barracks to Mr. Boerner, a lifelong Carroll County resident.

The award, Lieutenant Neigh said, signifies "the value of civilians and police working together to solve crime in the area."

Mr. Boerner, 54, who operates a tree-removing and wood-cutting business said, he was cutting timber on a relative's farm on Cape Horn Road when he saw a car containing two men back about 500 feet up a driveway to a house nearby.

"One of the men went to the front door and knocked, then went to the side porch and looked in the window, and then went to the back of the house," Mr. Boerner said. "Within seconds the other man ran from the car and entered the front door."

Mr. Boerner, who formerly lived in the Cape Horn Road area, said he drove to the house to get the license number of the car while the suspects were in the house, then followed the vehicle as the men drove away.

"I followed the car and then saw a car with a lot of antennas, and thought it was a police car and flagged the driver down," Mr. Boerner said.

Tfc. Craig Williams, who was off duty, was in the police car with his two children. When Mr. Boerner told him of the apparent break-in, Trooper Williams radioed for assistance and followed the suspects' car until it turned into the salt barn.

State and Manchester police verified the break-in and arrested two men. Police said they recovered from the suspects' car necklaces, watches, a diamond ring, a portable radio, a videocassette recorder, a television set and other items worth more than $10,000 from the suspects' car.

Police said some of the recovered articles led them to a second break-in on Boggs Road near the Cape Horn Road burglary.

The suspects were identified as Abdul Matin Muntagqeem, 38, of Baltimore, and Steven Laverne Jordan, 38, of Reisterstown. They were charged with the two break-ins and are being held in the Carroll County Detention Center pending trial.

They also were wanted for questioning by Baltimore County Police for burglaries in the northern section of the county, state police said.

Lieutenant Neigh said Trooper Williams has been recommended for an Outstanding Performance Award for "quick and decisive action" that led to the arrests and recovery of the stolen property.

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