Building site thefts charged

November 18, 1993

Two Pasadena men have been arrested and charged with stealing $5,400 worth of property, including three whirlpool tubs, from home construction sites around the county.

County police said yesterday they got a tip from Prince George's County authorities that led them to a home in the 200 block of Lake Road in Pasadena.

Authorities said they seized property from that address and arrested the owner, Thomas Scott Farace, 29, who was charged with four counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Leroy Ralph Richards, 30, who also lives in the Lake Road home, was charged with two counts of felony theft.

One of the tips police got was from a neighbor on Lake Road, who became suspicious of a van the suspects drove and reported it to police.

Items stolen include a refrigerator and an electric dryer taken from Ryan Homes in the Fox Chase community in Glen Burnie, two whirlpool tubs taken from Crofton Chase and Stonegate communities in Crofton and a whirlpool tub taken from a construction site in the Magothy community in Arnold.

Police said the property, worth $5,420, was returned to Mandrin Construction Co., which was doing work at all the sites.

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