Man who would not verify identity is held in theft

August 19, 1994

A 35-year-old drifter, caught after a foot chase on Old Westminster Pike near Sandymount Road about noon yesterday, was held at the Carroll County Detention Center overnight when he refused to verify his identity to a court commissioner.

The man, who would identify himself only as "Buster," is alleged to have stolen produce from a roadside stand on Old Westminster Pike, police said. They said he ran into a field and through the yards of several homes nearby and attempted to hide in a truck parked in a driveway.

State police charged the man with theft, trespassing and tampering with a motor vehicle after the chase, which covered about half a mile.

Officers said the man had an identification card, issued by the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, (not a driver's license) in his pocket, but refused to verify it. The card also contained a picture of the man, who was wearing camouflage pants and a flannel shirt.

His nickname "Buster" was tattooed on his upper right arm, police said.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of Kingsbury Way reported someone stole a $30,000 frontloader from the area of West Main Street on Tuesday.

An employee of the City of Westminster reported someone damaged the walls of the women's restroom at the city playground with black ink Tuesday. The damage estimate is $100.

A resident of Charles Street told police someone broke the clear plastic in her door Tuesday. The damage is estimated at $20.

FIRE

* Westminster: Westminster responded to a call of wires down in the first block of N. Center St. at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday. Units were out for 26 minutes.

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