Man accused of taking bike sought

October 25, 1994

Police are searching for a young man who took a test ride on an $8,600 motorcycle Thursday and never returned, investigators said.

Westminster police said the man answered a newspaper ad for a 1995 Honda CBR 900, placed by a resident of Bradford Drive. He arrived in a 1981 Chevrolet pickup truck with Ohio license plates.

The prospective buyer asked to test drive the motorcycle, and the owner gave him a helmet.

Investigators said the man, who identified himself only as Tom, drove off and did not return for the truck.

He is described as in his 20s, about 190 pounds and 5 feet 5 inches tall. He had a ponytail and was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and jeans, the owner of the motorcycle said.

Police said the Ohio tags are listed to another vehicle, not the truck, and the truck's vehicle identification number is listed to a Glen Burnie resident. The truck was impounded by police, who are trying to locate the man, motorcycle and helmet.

POLICE

* Westminster: An official of May Belle's in the 100 block of E. Main St. reported to city police someone threw a rock through the front window of the shop Saturday. The damage is estimated at $300.

An employee of a medical office on East Main Street told city police someone broke a window of the office Saturday. The damage was estimated at $100.

A resident of Liberty Street reported to city police someone broke the driver's side window of her auto while it was parked near her house Friday. She estimated the damage at $200.

A resident of Libman Drive told city police someone stole the stereo system from his auto while it was parked near his house Friday. The theft and damage to the auto were estimated at $260.

An official of a vending machine company reported to city police someone stole a machine from Champs on West Main Street on Friday. The machine was valued at $300.

A resident of East Main Street reported to city police someone stole his 1976 Chevrolet Chevette from the parking lot of Sheetz Market on Friday. The vehicle was recovered in Baltimore County the same evening, according to police.

Someone saturated a pumpkin with a flammable liquid and ignited it in the Cliveden Reach Development on Meadow Branch Road. The pumpkin burned itself out, and there was no other damage, city police said.

FIRE

* Finksburg: Reese responded to a brush fire on Clydesdale Road at 10:13 a.m. Saturday. Units were out for 22 minutes.

* Reese: Reese and Westminster responded to the smell of gasoline in a building in the 100 block of Baltimore Blvd. at 7:39 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 24 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester were dispatched to a building fire on Englar Road at 8:13 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters discovered an electrical fire at the Rite Aid Pharmacy. The fire spread to the awning in front of the building in the Carroll Plaza Shopping Center. Damage was estimated at $3,000. Units were out for 93 minutes, dismantling the awning.

Westminster responded to a brush fire on Rockland Road at 12:22 a.m. Saturday. Units were out for 36 minutes.

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