Meter theft suspects linked to burglaries Alleged stolen goods found during arrest CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

June 10, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Westminster police were a little suspicious when they foun four people stuffing coins from a parking meter into a brand new soccer sock Sunday.

But when police released a 16-year-old allegedly involved in that caper to his parents, they noticed that the youth's father was wearing a new Adidas jacket similar to some recently stolen from a city soccer shop.

So they got a search warrant.

When the warrant was executed, new soccer clothing, a leather jacket and skirt ensemble, rolls, and 20 pounds of lunch meat -- all items similar to those stolen in recent Westminster-area burglaries -- were recovered, police said.

The 16-year-old youth was arrested and charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and drug charges Tuesday. Two other youths arrested during the parking meter theft on Sunday also will be charged in the break-ins, city police said.

A 17-year-old youth will be charged with five counts of breaking and entering, and four counts of theft. The second 16-year-old will be charged with one breaking and entering count and one theft count, police said.

No information was provided about a 20-year-old adult who allegedly was with the juveniles during the parking meter thefts.

Also recovered in the search at the 16-year-old's home were six plastic bags containing powered cocaine residue and a smoking pipe, police said.

Police listed the recent burglaries and losses as: May 31, Costume Shop on East Main Street, $200; June 1, Avenue Tailors, Pennsylvania Avenue, a safe containing $800 and a leather jacket and skirt ensemble; June 3, attempted break-in at Dutterer's Florist Shop, Pennsylvania Avenue; June 3, Caspian Pro Soccer Shop, East Green Street, $3,000 and assorted clothing and sport jackets of Adidas, Puma and other brands; and June 4, Twin Kiss Restaurant, Baltimore Boulevard, 20 pounds of lunch meat, four dozen rolls and about $50 in coins taken from arcade machines.

Police said all of the burglaries occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Three additional break-ins outside the city limits, which were handled by state police, were also cleared in the investigation, a police spokesman said.

They are the burglaries at Hahn Meat Packing Co., Route 27; Dr. Hudson Fesche's office in Carroll Plaza; and Carroll Hospice on Carroll Street.

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