School evacuated for dummy grenade

June 17, 1994

A dummy grenade brought for "show-and-tell" caused a hourlong evacuation at Belvedere Elementary School yesterday.

The school's principal called police at 9:14 a.m. because he wasn't sure whether the grenade was live. A teacher brought him the grenade, which a 10-year-old boy had brought to school for class discussion.

The boy got the grenade from his mother's boyfriend, who is in the Army and bought it as a gift at an surplus store, said police spokesman Officer Randy Bell.

Lt. Robert Lowe of the county Fire Department's fire investigation bureau determined the grenade was a fake. Students and staff of the school at Broadwater and Mago Vista roads then returned and the school resumed normal operations, Officer Bell said.

Cash, checks stolen from safe in office

Cash and checks totaling $11,000 were stolen from a safe in an office of North Arundel Cable sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, county police said.

An employee of the company in the 400 block of Headquarters Drive reported the theft to police about 9:30 a.m. Monday. She told police the money was taken between 1 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Five thousand dollars in cash was stolen along with $6,000 in checks, police said. There were no signs of forced entry, and the front door was unlocked, police said. Several keys inside the safe also were taken, but nothing else was stolen, police said.

Five employees of the company have the safe's combination,

police said.

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