Workers face drug charges


January 26, 1995

County police arrested four employees of the state Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie yesterday and charged them with drug possession.

The arrests came during a stakeout of the MVA parking lot by county narcotics detectives, who had been notified by MVA officials that employees were buying drugs during their breaks from work.

Yesterday, police said, the detectives observed an MVA employee leave the building on Ritchie Highway and get into a maroon Saturn driven by a man who did not work for the agency and occupied by three other MVA employees. The detectives stopped the car and found the occupants with suspected cocaine, police said.

The MVA employees arrested and charged with possession of cocaine were Clifton Whitacre Jr., 40, of the 900 block of Blakistone Road in Glen Burnie; and Catherine Waldecker, 31, Rosalie Morton, 49, and Marnette Morton, 24, all of Glen Burnie, police said.

Also charged with possession of cocaine was Carl Crawford, 28, of the 6400 block of Freedom Drive, Glen Burnie, the driver of the Saturn.

Gunman robs branch of First National

A branch of First National Bank was robbed Tuesday afternoon by a gunman who jumped over the counter and took a money tray, county police said.

Police said the man walked into the bank, in the 7500 block of Ritchie Highway, about 1:30 p.m., pulled out a long-barreled handgun and told the bank employees, "Stay where you are."

The man leaped over the counter and scooped up a teller's money tray, ran from the bank and got into a blue Hyundai.

The man was described as a black male, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 9 inches tall, 20 to 25 years old, with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing a yellow hooded sweat shirt, dark baggy pants and a plaid, mustard-colored flannel or wool shirt, police said.

Gunman holds up High's store

A man armed with a handgun robbed a Glen Burnie High's store of an undisclosed amount of money Tuesday night, county police said.

The man walked into the store, in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway, shortly before 10 p.m. He took a candy bar to the counter and asked the clerk for a price check on it. Then he pulled a handgun and demanded money, police said.

The clerk opened the register, the gunman took the money and ZTC ran outside. Northern District officers searched for the man unsuccessfully, police said.

Purse-snatcher seen in blue station wagon

County police believe a man driving a light blue station wagon snatched purses from two women Monday afternoon and tried to snatch the purse of a third woman.

Ruth Lee, 72, of Pasadena was walking in the Southdale Shopping Center in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 4 p.m., when the suspect approached from behind and took her purse. A witness saw the man drive off in a light blue station wagon, police said.

Josey A. Kiaunia, 52, of Glen Burnie was walking home from the store when the man grabbed her purse as she opened the door to her apartment building about 5 p.m. She also saw the man drive off in a light blue station wagon.

Debbie Denford, 39, of Glen Burnie, was walking in the Cromwell Field Shopping Center shortly after 6 p.m., when a man grabbed her sweater as he tried to snatch her purse. She turned to confront him, and the suspect ran to a station wagon and drove off, witnesses told police.

The suspect was described as a white male of medium build about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 20 to 30 years old, clean-shaven and with brown hair, police said.


* Glen Burnie: Austin A. Norvall, 28, of the 3200 block of Parrish St., Baltimore, was arrested yesterday by an off-duty county police officer and charged with stealing four tires from the car service center at the Glen Burnie Montgomery Ward store. Police say someone scaled the wall behind the Glen Burnie Mall store, took the tires, threw them over the wall and then placed the tires in a car.

* Glen Burnie: A man was robbed of his wristwatch Tuesday evening outside Mo's Seafood Restaurant in the 7100 block of Ritchie Highway. The victim was approached by two men who demanded cash. When the victim said he did not have any cash, the robbers took his watch.

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