Catonsville stop nets stolen goods

August 26, 1994|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer

Tool boxes. Motors. Freezers. A refrigerator. Washer and dryer. A blue Ford truck. A microphone. Medical supplies. Three colorful jet skis. A double-barreled shotgun.

Like an expensive flea market, the eclectic collection of goods was spread out by Baltimore County police yesterday at the Wilkens Precinct. All of it was recovered in a breaking and entering investigation that started with what appeared to be a routine arrest last Friday in Catonsville.

Officers picked up two Baltimore men driving a Ford Escort with a generator sticking out the back. From there, the investigation led police to the recovery of $200,000 worth of stolen property during the past week.

"When we took the two men back for processing, one of them decided to cooperate with us and give us the name of a person in Baltimore City he was taking the stolen property to," said Officer Charles A. Massey, who made the initial arrests with Officer Dave Krueger of the K-9 unit.

"A few searches and seizures later led us to pawn shops and warehouses in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

"We had an idea we were going to recover some property, but we never dreamed it would be like this," said Officer Massey, who works in the precinct's investigative services unit.

As of last night, 28 stolen property cases had been cleared through the investigation and $100,000 worth of property had been returned to owners, Officer Massey said. About half a dozen or more arrests have been made, including the two men from Baltimore and one from Pasadena, but police said they would not release the names until the investigation is complete.

Most of the items were stolen from unlocked cars or construction sites, Officer Massey said.

The smallest recovered? Baseball cards. The largest? Two trucks. The strangest? A $20,000 seismograph.

"Those guys probably didn't even know what they were stealing with that one," Officer Massey said.

The rest of the property will be returned as investigators locate owners.

People who have filed stolen property reports should check with their precincts, Officer Massey said. People also can call Wilkens Precinct to set up appointments to prove ownership and to pick up their property.

If owners cannot be located, the remaining property will be sold at auction, he said.

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