Licensing fees withheld, police charge

June 16, 1994

The owner of D.J.'s Hunting and Fishing Center in Crofton has been arrested on charges of failing to turn in fees for fishing and hunting licenses totaling more than $48,500, Natural Resources Police said yesterday.

John Charles Albero, 35, of Spindle Lane, Bowie, was arrested June 4 on one count of embezzlement and five counts of felony theft, police said. He also faces 34 counts of failing to submit money and reports, and one count of theft in a continuing scheme.

An marine police spokesman said Mr. Albero has been released on his own recognizance.

The defendant sold hunting and fishing licenses and collected the fees but did not submit them, the police charge. He also did not complete applications and reports required by the state, police said.

Fees for various licenses range from $7 to $24.50, said John Verrico, a marine police spokesman.

If convicted, Mr. Albero faces a maximum penalty of 95 years in jail and $9,910 in fines, police said. D.J.'s Hunting and Fishing Center went out of business in the early spring, police said.

Bad-check suspect arrested at golf links

Police arrested a man at the Walden Golf Course yesterday morning after the course managers claimed to recognize him as a man who passed bad checks at other area golf courses, officials said.

Police arrived at the course shortly before 11 a.m. The managers let police use golf carts so they could approach the suspect unnoticed. County police had learned that the man was wanted in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and in New York and New Jersey, officials said.

Mark David Shantz, 41, of no fixed address, was charged with theft and writing bad checks, police said. He also was charged with possession of concealed deadly weapons after a semiautomatic handgun, two revolvers, a rifle and ammunition were found in a car he allegedly had been driving, police said.

Sgt. M. Feeney, a department spokesman, said Mr. Shantz was wanted on local warrants charging him with theft, writing bad checks and handgun violations.

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