2 men charged with shoplifting from five stores

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

State police arrested and charged two men yesterday with multiple shoplifting thefts after plainclothes troopers allegedly saw them stealing items in five Westminster stores.

The two, identified as Michael Scott Stuples, 26, of the 5500 block of Mineral Hill Road in Sykesville, and David Walter Stanley, 33, of Crofton, Anne Arundel County, were held on $5,000 and $8,000 bond, respectively.

Tfc. John Wisniewski and Tfc. Susan King of the Westminster barracks, along with officers of the special operations section, conducted a surveillance of the men yesterday at Sear's in Cranberry Mall and Wal-Mart on Englar Road. From there, the men drove to the Kmart Shopping Center and one of them entered People's Drug, police said. Then they drove back to Cranberry Mall, where one entered the Leggett store.

Police said troopers stopped the two and arrested them as they were leaving the Westminster area in a car bearing a stolen license plate.

Mr. Stuples was charged with two counts of felony theft, three counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of conspiracy to commit theft.

Mr. Stanley was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft, two counts of felony conspiracy to commit theft and three counts of misdemeanor conspiracy to commit theft.

Police said they recovered several stolen items, valued at a total of $596, from the vehicle.

Mr. Stanley was wanted on similar warrants in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, state police said.

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