Arrest of boys leads to stolen property

August 08, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A city man was charged with possession of stolen property Thursday night after two juveniles allegedly caught breaking into a Westminster house gave state police information that led to his arrest, police said.

Police armed with four search and seizure warrants recovered stolen firearms, electronic equipment and a motorcycle, and arrested Dominick Derita, 18, of the first block of Sycamore St.

Mr. Derita was charged with possession of stolen property and was released on personal recognizance, police said.

The 16- and 17-year-old youths were charged as juveniles in the break-in in the 700 block of Sullivan Ave., and are being detained at the Charles Hickey School pending a court hearing.

Detective Sgt. Donald Hoffman said police had been watching the juveniles since Monday in connection with about 20 similar break-ins in central and northern Carroll.

The juveniles came under suspicion after citizens told police about a car seen in the vicinity of several of the break-ins, Sergeant Hoffman said. The intruders gained entry to the homes by kicking in doors or prying windows open.

The boys were observed breaking into a Sullivan Avenue house about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Jewelry, a wallet and stolen credit cards were found on the pair when they were apprehended immediately after they left the house, Sgt. Hoffman said.

Police searched two houses on Sycamore Street, a car owned by the occupant of one of the houses and a garage on Winchester Avenue. Numerous articles, believed to have been taken in earlier thefts, were recovered, Sgt. Hoffman said.

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