Baltimore man, woman charged with attempted theft at store

December 02, 1993

A Baltimore couple, were arrested Tuesday after police say they tried to trick an ice cream parlor employee into turning over $20. Police say the couple may be responsible for similar incidents in the Ellicott City area over the past two months.

Raymond Michael Joachim, 27, of the 300 block of S. Mount Olivet Lane, was charged with two counts of attempted theft and two counts of theft. A District Court commissioner released Mr. Joachim on $500 bond.

Sherry Denise Johnson, 30, of the same address, was charged with attempted theft and released on her own recognizance.

Police say the pair operated by making purchases and trying to confuse cashiers into giving them extra change. An officer reponding to a complaint from St. John's Shell gas station saw the suspects leaving a Baskin Robbins store.

Police said the two are suspects in a similar incidents along Route 40 in late October. Encore Books, Little Caesars and St. John's Shell were three of eight stores targeted. The pair usually walked away with $20 to $50, police said.

Sgt. Gary Gardner, a spokesman for the county police department, said the arrests came under a Holiday Enforcement Program set up last week to crack down on traffic violations and crime along busy Route 40.

POLICE LOG

Ellicott City: 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive: A white 1990 Ford Probe with Maryland tags ZFGO46 was stolen Sunday.

8300 block of Kings Heights Road: A resident reported seeing a nude man masturbating while standing on a railing facing the kitchen.

8100 block of Mullineaux Lane: Someone broke into a house under construction and stole some appliances between Nov. 24 and Friday.

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