4 Baltimore residents arrested in car theft

September 30, 1994

Four Baltimore residents were arrested after Westminster police said they were seen searching vehicles on the Gill parking lot at Western Maryland College about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Two 15-year-olds, who had a pair of pliers and a screwdriver, lTC were charged with one count each of theft and being a rogue and vagabond by city police. The charges likely will be shifted to juvenile court. One was released to his parents and the other was held at the Charles H. Hickey school in Baltimore County.

Police said that, as the officers arrived, two other people fled and drove south on Route 27. The car was spotted by Westminster police traveling at high speed. City officers did not pursue it because of wet roads and heavy traffic, but notified state police.

A vehicle was stopped by Cpl. Palmer Grotte on Route 27 near Ridgeville Boulevard, 17 miles away. He determined the car had been reported stolen from Baltimore.

The two occupants were arrested and charged with auto theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, investigators said.

August Adolph Berg, 21, of the 1600 block of Morrell Park Ave. was held in lieu of $15,000 bond. A 15-year-old male, was released to his parents.

Mr. Berg is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.


* Westminster: A resident of West Main Street reported someone removed one of the license plates from her auto while it was parked at the rear of her home Tuesday.


* Westminster: Firefighters from the Westminster station investigated a report of the odor of propane in the area of West Main and Bond streets at 4:11 p.m. Thursday. They were out for 13 minutes.

Engines from Westminster, Reese, Gamber and Union Bridge were dispatched to a townhouse fire in the 100 block of Marydell Road at 12:38 p.m. Thursday. Units were out for 34 minutes.

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