A Glen Burnie woman fended off two men who tried to force their way into her home Wednesday night by screaming and hitting one of them, county police said.
Stephanie Jealanie Ginn, 26, of Dundee was not injured in the incident. She told police she answered her doorbell about 8:30 p.m. and found a man standing there with two bouquets of flowers on top of a box.
The man told Ms. Ginn that a man named John had sent her the flowers. When she took the bouquet, the man pushed his way into her foyer and put one hand over her mouth and the other hand behind her head, police said.
Ms. Ginn screamed and hit the man as a second man tried to force his way into her apartment. As she continued screaming, the men ran out and drove off in a car. Ms. Ginn did not see the car and did not know how the man knew her name.
Man charged with attempted theft
County police arrested a Baltimore man on charges of trying to steal a drill from the Glen Burnie Sears store Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
Larry C. Rogers, 19, a security officer at the store in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway, said he noticed the man acting suspiciously in the hardware department about 5:30 p.m. The man took a drill worth $60 from a display, put it in his jacket and tried to leave the store without paying for it, Mr. Rogers told police.
Mr. Rogers stopped the man and took him to the security office to wait for the police.
Shannon Eugene Hustler, 20, of the 1600 block of Church St. in Curtis Bay, was charged with theft under $300 and making a false statement to police, authorities said.
Masked gunman robs man at ATM
A gunman wearing a ski mask robbed a Baltimore County man Wednesday night as he tried to use a NationsBank automated teller machine in the 7200 block of Ritchie Highway, county police said yesterday.
It was the third such incident at a NationsBank ATM in Glen Burnie that day.
Edward Lester Smith, 51, of Overlea lost an undisclosed amount money to the gunman shortly before midnight. The earlier robberies took place shortly after midnight Wednesday.
Police said the robber walked up to Mr. Smith as he was using the machine, stuck a semiautomatic handgun into Mr. Smith's side and demanded money. He then took cash from the machine and Mr. Smith's ATM card and ran south on Ritchie Highway, police said.
In the earlier holdups, a man wearing a ski mask tried to rob a Glen Burnie man at an ATM at Crain Highway and 8th Ave. Twenty minutes later, the same man robbed a Baltimore man at the same machine, said police spokesman Officer Randy Bell.
Man arrested after residents help
Vigilant residents of Glen Gardens gave county police information that led to the arrest Wednesday morning of a man suspected of burglarizing two Glen Burnie homes, authorities said.
Neighbors of one victim told police they saw a man carry a jug of coins from the house to a waiting car. They jotted down the tag number and gave it to police, who traced it to a house in the 3700 block of Saint Victor St. in the Brooklyn section of Baltimore, police said.
Officers arrested Joseph Leo Baumgarten, 22, of no fixed address at the house about 9 a.m. Wednesday. He was was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of felony theft.
Mr. Baumgarten is accused of breaking into the home of Joseph Brady, 35, of Glen Burnie, on Dec. 31 and stealing a .32-caliber handgun and a cellular phone. He also is a suspect in the Jan. 12 burglary of the home of Della Cook, also of Glen Burnie. Ms. Cook lost a large jug of valuable coins to the burglar, police said.