Third suspect charged in series of burglaries

March 15, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

State and Westminster police have arrested and charged a third man wanted in a series of burglaries in Carroll and Baltimore counties, including one Feb. 25 that resulted in a high-speed chase from Hampstead to Westminster.

Casey Grant Jones, 18, of the 100 block of Liberty St. in Westminster, was arrested at Route 140 and Center Street about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Mr. Jones is accused of escaping from a stolen car during the Feb. 25 chase. The chase followed a burglary on Dover Road in Baltimore County that went awry when the woman who lived in the house arrived home, surprised three men inside and called police.

Mr. Jones is charged in a series of break-ins in the county between Feb. 18 and Feb. 23.

He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Investigators searched Mr. Jones' home after obtaining a warrant and reported that they recovered items stolen in several area burglaries.

Westminster police investigators also filed charges against Mr. Jones in connection with break-ins Sept. 17 and Dec. 17 at Harry's Lunch in the first block of W. Main St.

Police said that in one of the burglaries, in the 2300 block of Hughes Shop Road, a 1989 Pontiac Grand Am was stolen and was used in at least two Baltimore County break-ins Feb. 25, including the one on Dover Road.

Charles E. Shoop, 22, of the 7300 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge, whom police identified as the driver of the car during the chase, was captured within minutes after the trio abandoned the vehicle on Logan Drive just north of Cranberry Mall.

Keys to the Pontiac were found in Mr. Shoop's pocket and items stolen in the burglaries were recovered then, police said.

City police arrested another suspect, Robert Carter Shore, 18, of Littlestown, Pa., on March 1 at the Comfort Inn on Route 140.

He was charged with possession of drugs and one of the Harry's Lunch burglaries.

State police later charged Mr. Shore in a series of burglaries in which property valued at $22,790 was stolen, according to police reports.

Mr. Jones was charged in the Feb. 18 burglary of a house in the 2300 block of Utz Road, in the Feb. 22 burglary of the Hughes Shop Road house, and the burglary of a house in the 1900 block of Carrollton Road on Feb. 23.

He was also charged with conspiracy, malicious destruction of property and theft in connection with those burglaries.

Further charges are expected to be placed in the Feb. 25 incident in Baltimore County, police said.

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