NORTH COUNTY--Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

August 16, 1993

Three accused of yardwork scam

Three members of a Linthicum family are accused of cheating at least five Glen Burnie residents out of $540 in an alleged scam to collect deposits for yard work, then never perform the work, county police said.

Brian James Curtin, 30, Gary Curtin, age unknown, and Lilly Patricia Curtin, 35, all of the 300 block of Andover Road were charged with various counts of theft and misrepresenting themselves as licensed tree experts.

Police said the alleged thefts took place in mid to late July and early August.

According to police, in one instance, the three allegedly went to a Glen Burnie home in the 100 block of Dickens St., said that they were from CJ's Tree Service and that they would cut down several dead trees for $80; one of the three also offered to plant four bushes for $40.

They allegedly cut down one tree in the rear yard, but did not remove the stump, and planted four bushes, two of which died, police reported. Brian Curtin then allegedly told the resident that there was termite damage to the front deck and that he could fix it for an additional $40, and that he would plant eight more shrubs for $80, police said they were told.

After receiving the cash, Mr. Curtain allegedly told the resident they would return the next day to complete the work, but they never did, police reported. That resident reported a loss of $280, police reported.

Few complaints were made, and most incidents were discovered when investigators went door-to-door, interviewing residents, police said.

Anyone with a similar complaint can contact Detective P. A. Fisher of the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 222-6135.

Man, woman arrested in abandoned store

County police arrested a man and woman in an abandoned store in Brooklyn Park early Friday and charged them with being rogues and vagabonds.

Officers responding to a breaking and entering call about 3:45 a.m. at the old Mr. Goodbuys store at Ritchie Highway and Hammonds Lane discovered Kelly Clinton Whitaker Jr., 36, and Pamela Susan Ledford, 43, neither of whom has a fixed address, inside.

Mr. Whitaker had a knife, police said, but the two told officers it was only for their protection. They were taken to the Northern District where they were charged.

Lansdowne man shot in yard in Pumphrey

A Lansdowne man was shot early Friday morning after he confronted a stranger loitering in a friend's front yard in Pumphrey.

Maurice C. Bowie, 27, of the 100 block of Elizabeth Ave., was treated at Harbor Hospital and released.

Police said that Mr. Bowie arrived at a friend's house in the 300 block of Shenandoah Ave. about 4 a.m. and saw two men he did not recognize standing in the friend's yard. Mr. Bowie and the friend confronted the men and told them to leave, and when they refused, Mr. Bowie pushed one of them. The second man pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting Mr. Bowie in the arm, police reported.

The gunman was described as a black male in his mid 20s, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt with writing or stripes and dark shorts. He was armed with a large caliber revolver. He was accompanied by a black male in his mid 20s, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, wearing dark shorts and a white baseball hat.

POLICE LOG

* Linthicum Heights: A bicycle valued at $125 was stolen from the side yard of a home in the 400 block of Shipley Road between 5:20 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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