Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY --

April 05, 1993

Armed robbers break into Odenton home

Several armed men burst into a home in the 1300 block of Burlington Drive in Odenton Saturday, beat several of the occupants and fled with a videocassette recorder, county police said yesterday.

According to police, the men broke into the house of a 22-year-old clerk at a nearby convenience store, shortly after 11 p.m. They assaulted the man and others in the house, then fled in three cars.

Police said they found the VCR several miles away.

Police had no information on how many men broke into the house, or whether any of those assaulted were seriously injured.

Police charge youths with theft, destruction

County police arrested two youths early yesterday, charging them with breaking into at least five cars in the Charing Cross section of Crofton.

Police were called to the area about 3:30 a.m. to check reports of a person acting suspiciously. When they got there, police said they found one car that had been broken into and two juveniles accused of breaking into five cars, three in Charing Cross and two on Nutwood Court.

The youths were charged with four counts each of theft, two counts of destruction of property and one count of tampering with an auto before they were released to their parents. Police recovered about $500 worth of property believed to have been stolen from the cars.

Wild turkey group plans banquet, auction

The Central Maryland chapter of the Wild Turkey Foundation, a group that promotes increasing the number of wild turkeys, will hold a fund-raising banquet and auction Wednesday. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will follow at 7:30. The event is being held at Blob's Park, at Route 175 and Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Jessup.

The federation, which has 72,000 members nationwide, pledges 80 cents from every dollar raised to help the wild turkey. The group says it has spent more than $17 million on wild turkey projects in 44 states.

The organization has set the year 2000 to restore wild turkeys to all suitable habitats. It says there are 65 million acres of suitable unoccupied wild turkey habitat in the United States.

It will take $10 million and 20,000 birds to meet the goal, the organization says.

Armed man robs bank branch in Crofton

An armed man robbed the First American Bank bank branch in Crofton of an undisclosed amount of money Friday morning, county police said.

Police said the man walked into the branch in the 2000 block of Davidsonville Road about 9:30 a.m. and demanded money from a teller, who put cash from her drawer in a white trash bag.

The man then left the store and ran toward a nearby supermarket.

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