Police arrest 3 men minutes after theftThree out-of-state...

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May 02, 1993

Police arrest 3 men minutes after theft

Three out-of-state men, who allegedly stole three money bags containing more than $9,500 Thursday from an Eldersburg drugstore, were captured seven minutes later and are being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

The men were arrested on Route 32 after Sykesville police were alerted to the 5:50 p.m. theft from an open safe at McDougall's Drug Center in the 1600 block of Liberty Road.

Police chief Wallace P. Mitchell said the men entered the pharmacy and one of them removed three paper bags containing $9,549.68 from a safe in the store.

When the men were arrested at 5:57 p.m., police found the money in a potato chip bag behind the drivers seat of a silver Cadillac stopped a short distance from the pharmacy.

Paul J. Whitney, 48, of Hallandale, Fla., and Vincent D. DiModica, 61, of Belleville, N.J., were held on $30,000 bond each.

James A. DiModica, 35, of Clifton, N.J., was held on $35,000 bond.

All three were charged with theft and conspiracy and will receive a bail review hearing Monday.

Police said that when they arrived, James DiModica was walking along Route 32 near where the Cadillac was stopped with the other two inside.

The money was still in paper bags with dates written on them by employees of the pharmacy, police said.

Authorities said Paul Whitney was driving the vehicle and Vincent DiModica was sitting in the back.

The men were identified by an employee as having been in the store at the time of the theft.

Historical center will be open today

The Manchester Historical Center, 3208 York St., will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, said Charlotte Collett, chairwoman of the historical center's board.

No special program is planned.

The historical center board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday a the center, Ms. Collett said.

Ms. Collett said the board will make plans for the summer, including a June 5-6 program on the Civil War. The center is looking for artifacts and memorabilia, as well as knowledgeable people, she said. New volunteers are welcome.

Information: 374-9247, 239-7673 or 239-3200.

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