Troopers honored for burglary ring probe 20 homes hit

3 teens charged

September 26, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Four state troopers from the Westminster barracks will receive the Superintendent's Commendation for "exceptional performance in a criminal investigation" that led to the arrests of three teen-agers charged in several burglaries between June and Aug. 5.

Cpl. James Mayo, Cpl. Douglas Wehland, Tfc. John Reininger Jr. and Tfc. John Wisniewski will be honored by Superintendent Larry W. Tolliver during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Pikesville headquarters.

The awards stem from the troopers' investigation of a burglary ring targeting homes in northern and central Carroll County.

About 20 homes were burglarized by intruders using similar methods while the residents were away.

Sgt. Donald Hoffman said the troopers watched two boys, ages 16 and 17, for four days and witnessed them breaking into a house on Sullivan Avenue about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5.

The boys were arrested immediately after they left the house, and jewelry, a wallet and credit cards were found on the pair, police said.

Troopers subsequently obtained warrants and searched two houses on Sycamore Street, a car owned by an occupant of one of the houses and a garage on Winchester Avenue. Police recovered stolen firearms, electronic equipment and a motorcycle.

Police arrested Dominick Derita, 18, of the first block of Sycamore St., who lived at one of the houses searched. He is charged with possession of stolen property and was released on his own recognizance.

The juveniles were sent to the Charles Hickey School to await trial in juvenile court.

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