Man snatches purse, leaves behind his photo

December 16, 1993

A 55-year-old Annapolis woman told city police that her purse was snatched from her arm about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday as she stood outside her apartment in the 800 block of Monroe St.

A man approached her from the nearby woods as if he were going to ask a question, Anne Fleming Selby told police. When he was close enough, he grabbed her purse by its strap, pulled it away and ran back into the woods.

Police later found a hat and coat in the woods matching the description of the thief's clothing. Police said the man might have changed clothes to confuse the search for him.

However, police found a photo identification card in the jacket pocket.

Ms. Selby identified the man pictured in the card, which included a name and address, as her attacker.

2 teen-agers charged with stealing dinghy

Two teen-agers have been arrested on charges of stealing a dinghy from a boat docked at an Annapolis marina, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said yesterday.

Police said they arrested Philip C. Mesure, 19, of Mount Pleasant Road in Laurel and Henry A. Harding, 19, of Dean Street in Annapolis on Tuesday. They were charged with felony theft and unauthorized use, and cited for not having sufficient personal floating devices on board.

Police said they stole the 10-foot dinghy, which was attached to a cabin cruiser owned by Jerrold R. Cann, on Friday.

Mr. Cann, who lives on the boat at the Port Annapolis Marina on Back Creek, reported the dinghy missing Friday. On Tuesday, he said he saw two people rowing it in the creek. He called police, who arrested the teens.

Mr. Mesure also was charged with misdemeanor theft and breaking and entering for allegedly stealing a gasoline can from a 25-foot sailboat where he had been spending the past four nights, police said.

Man, 26, arrested for gambling

City police arrested a man for gambling yesterday after Officer Castor J. Rondo reported seeing him with a group of men rolling dice in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. about 8:15 p.m. Monday.

Officer Rondo said he saw a group of men gathered in a circle in an area known to be frequented by gamblers. He said he saw Eddie Brownslee, 26, of the 2000 block of Allen Drive pick up a pair of dice and place them in his pocket.

At Mr. Brownslee's feet was about $7, Officer Rondo said in his report. He said he suspected the men were playing craps.

Mr. Brownslee has been released on personal recognizance.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: Burglars broke into an office building in the 900 block of Bestgate Road and stole $50,000 worth of computer equipment between noon Sunday and 8:20 a.m. Monday. Police said the burglars pried open a piece of glass on the front door to reach in and unlock it.

* Annapolis: Stereo equipment valued at $549 was taken from the Audio Associates store in the 100 block of Jennifer Road about midnight Tuesday. Police said they were called to the store after the alarm went off. Officers found the front doors open.

* Annapolis: Someone smashed the showroom window of the Annapolis Volvo Subaru dealership in the 1900 block of West St. early Tuesday and stole a television from the waiting room. The impact of the rock and flying glass also caused more than $3,000 in damage to showroom cars.

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