Theft suspect charged in 9 break-ins

January 01, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

A 32-year-old man wanted in several smash-and-grab burglaries along the Route 30 corridor in the Manchester-Hampstead area was charged with nine break-ins and one attempted break-in by state police Friday.

Investigators said they would confer with the state's attorney's office on possible assault with intent to murder charges for Ronald Earl Hartling, who has no fixed address.

Mr. Hartling was in critical condition in the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

During a seven-mile chase at speeds over 100 mph early Thursday a man repeatedly rammed a marked police car, lost control of the vehicle and was ejected from the auto near Deep Run Road in the Melrose area, police said.

State police searched a motel room in the York, Pa., area and recovered stolen items -- including a lacrosse jacket, a Dallas Cowboys jacket and tennis shoes -- linking the suspect to the crimes, they said.

Mr. Hartling is under police guard at the trauma center.

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