Burglary suspect's car crashes during chase

April 06, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A Towson man suspected of burglarizing a Taneytown drugstore was in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after his car overturned during his alleged getaway.

State police identified the suspect as Richard Matthew Gordon Adams, 33, of the 1500 block of Dellsway Road. They said charges are pending against him.

A deliveryman for The Sun, Franklin Allen Bellamy, 33, of Taneytown reported the burglary and the accident to state and Westminster police.

Mr. Bellamy told authorities he witnessed the burglary at the Taneytown Revco Drug Store, in the 500 block of E. Baltimore St., about 2:30 a.m. yesterday.

He also reported that he pursued the suspect's car southeast on Old Taneytown Road at high speeds until it missed a sharp curve and crashed just before the road connects with Route 140 near Westminster.

Police said Mr. Bellamy drove into Westminster to seek assistance and found city police Officer David Hooper, who summoned rescue equipment and drove to the scene.

Mr. Bellamy told police he had driven to the front of the drugstore to drop off the day's newspapers and noticed that the door glass was shattered. Moments later, he saw a man step through the broken door carrying two full trash bags, he said.

The man threw the bags into a red Miata, got into the car and sped away. Mr. Bellamy pursued him.

About eight miles southeast of Taneytown, the Miata crashed, trapping the driver inside.

Rescue workers freed Mr. Adams from the car and he was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore by state police helicopter.

Gene Johnson, manager of the Revco store, said a burglar apparently stepped through the broken glass door, broke the glass to a watch case and stole at least four watches valued at about $90.

Mr. Johnson said the burglar also attempted to gain entry to a cash register but was unable to open it. The register was empty, he said.

It was unclear yesterday what other items may have been taken in the burglary.

Mr. Johnson said an inventory would have to be completed to determine what is missing.

State police also said yesterday they were checking to determine if the Miata was stolen.

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