Suspect in cupcake theft tied to stolen credit cards

November 01, 1994

County police thought they were arresting a suspect in the attempted theft of cupcakes from a delivery truck in Odenton Saturday morning. But when they searched his rented truck, they said, they found stolen credit cards, gift certificates, a cellular phone and suspected marijuana.

The driver of the delivery truck told a Western District officer that he discovered a man in his truck, parked outside a store in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road, trying to steal cakes. The man fled in a rental truck.

Police broadcast a lookout, and a second officer spotted the truck 15 minutes later on the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in the same block. The man driving the truck matched the description of the suspect. The officer advised the driver of his Miranda rights and the man agreed to let him search the truck, police said.

The officer reported finding a small amount of suspected marijuana, a smoking device, 20 credit cards, $80 worth of Giant Food gift certificates and a cellular telephone inside the truck. The stolen property belonged to eight people, and the officer found evidence linking the suspect to two other robberies, police said.

William Harry Smith, 30, who has no fixed address, was charged with felony theft, misdemeanor theft, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.

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