Annapolis man, 32, dies in car accident near mall

August 01, 1994

A 32-year-old Annapolis man died Friday after the car he was driving ran a red light and was hit broadside by an oncoming car at the intersection of Bestgate Road and Generals Highway, near Annapolis Mall, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Peter William Gabardini of the 2700 block of Summerview Way was driving a 1990 Toyota Celica south on General's Highway and attempted to turn left on Bestgate Road. A 1990 Oldsmoblie Cutlass that was traveling north on Generals Highway about 4:55 p.m. hit the left side of Mr. Gabardini's car, police said.

The Oldsmobile also collided with a 1990 Mazda MX that was stopped on Bestgate Road in the left turn lane, police said.

Two youths cited for shoplifting

County police arrested a Fort Washington woman and her two children Thursday afternoon for allegedly shoplifting nearly $300 worth of clothing and jewelry from a J. C. Penney store in Annapolis, officials said.

The 39-year-old woman was not charged, police said. Her 15-year-old daughter and her 11-year-old son were given juvenile citations for theft under $300 and released to the custody of their mother, police said.

A security officer at the store in the Annapolis Mall told police she saw all three suspects put merchandise in a store shopping bag shortly before 4 p.m. and leave store without paying.

The boy stopped when ordered by store security. The girl ran, but was caught, police said. The mother made it further into the mall, but was stopped a short distance from the store, they said.

The boy admitted to security guards that he had stolen the items, but said it was the first time he had ever taken anything, police said. He told them that his mother and sister usually stole items and gave him bags to take from the store, police said.

But the girl and her mother said that the mother was not involved in the thefts, police said.

Security officers found merchandise from other stores in the mall in the suspects' bags, but no receipts for them, police said. The items were returned to the stores.

$11,000 in suits taken from clothing store

The Kuppenheimer clothing store in the 2300 block of Forest Drive lost $11,000 worth of suits Wednesday night when thieves smashed a window and stole them, county police said.

The theft of 40 suits occurred between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8:50 a.m. Thursday, Jay Snyder, an employee of the store, told police.

Mr. Snyder told police that the store alarm was on all night. Police said they didn't receive an alarm for the store. Mr. Snyder called the alarm company, which could neither confirm nor deny whether an alarm had sounded, police said.

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