Crofton man is accused in 5 break-ins


January 29, 1995

County police arrested a Crofton man Thursday morning and charged him with breaking into five businesses on Dec. 4.

Joseph Dominic Spurio, 25, of the 1600 block of Carlyle Drive, was arrested without incident at his home about 10 a.m., police ** said.

Mr. Spurio is accused of breaking into five businesses in the same building in the 2100 block of Defense Highway.

Police said he broke in through a window and stole property from Real Estate General, Amnet Trading, Environmental Chemical Association, Conesco Industries and Anchor Software Management.

Two teens arrested, charged in car thefts

Two teen-agers were charged as juveniles Thursday morning in the thefts of cars and minivans in West County earlier this month, county police said.

The boys -- a 16-year-old from Odenton and a 17-year-old from Fort Meade -- were each charged with five counts of felony theft and five counts of destruction of property, police said.

The youths confessed to the crime spree, which lasted from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, according to police. The boys stole four vehicles and attempted to steal a fifth, targeting Chrysler LeBarons and minivans in Crofton and Severn, police said.

New York trio charged with drug offenses

Three New York City residents were arrested on drug charges Wednesday morning after a Northern District officer found suspected marijuana and cocaine and drug paraphernalia in their truck, county police said.

Officer Richard Morris stopped a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo for speeding at about 1 a.m. at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and South Bridge Drive. The driver was going 47 mph in a 30 mph zone, police said. After Officer Morris learned the driver had a suspended license, he arrested him.

Police searched the vehicle and found hundreds of small plastic bags, a scale, razor blades and several plastic bags that contained suspected marijuana seeds and suspected cocaine residue. The two passengers were arrested and the car was seized for possible forfeiture, police said.

Joseph N. Hodge, 24, and Sharmain E. Herbert-Huggins, 26, both of the Bronx, and Michael A. Russell, 29, of Brooklyn, were each charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana, police said.

Rite Aid robbed by cigarette bandit

An unidentified man ran off with cigarettes worth $85 from the Severna Park Rite Aid store Wednesday evening, county police said.

The man walked into the store, in the 500 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., shortly after 7 p.m. and asked the clerk for six cartons of cigarettes. When the woman put them on the counter, he asked for something else, grabbed the cartons and ran while the clerk had her back turned, police said.

Charles C. Walgren, 52, the manager of the store, chased the man south toward the Park Plaza Shopping Center. The thief dropped one of the cartons, but escaped, police said.

Beverages, money stolen from bar

Someone broke into a Brooklyn Park bar Wednesday morning and stole beverages and cash, county police said.

Janet Lynn Owens, 36, the owner of Janet's Place, told a Northern District officer the burglary occurred between 2:10 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. The thief forced open a side door of the bar, in the 400 block of Highland Ave., police said.

Six bottles of Crown Royal worth a total of $65 and a six-pack of Michelob Lite worth $6 were stolen. The thief ransacked an office and took $20 from a desk, police said.

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