Search for 2 teens ends with surrender

March 16, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

The search for two teen-agers accused in the armed robbery of an Eldersburg veterinary hospital last month ended yesterday in Florida when the youths surrendered to police.

State police, who arrested a third suspect at his Centreville home last week, said Jefferey James Taylor, 18, and Steven George Valltos, 16, surrendered to St. Petersburg police early yesterday morning.

Mr. Taylor and the Valltos youth were arrested and held on multiple robbery charges as adults.

They were being held last night at Pinellas County Detention Center on $100,000 bond each.

The Valltos youth faces an unrelated juvenile charge in Florida. The teens will face extradition to Maryland.

Police said three teen-agers, one carrying an Uzi-type automatic assault weapon, burst into Carrolltowne Veterinary Hospital about 2 p.m. Feb. 28 and demanded cash and drugs.

All four employees were forced to lie on the floor after one was taken to the prescription drug cabinet in a rear room, police said.

The intruders took 15 bottles of ketamine, a cat tranquilizer similar to phencyclidine, or PCP, that is commonly known as "Special K" among teen-agers who frequent rave dance clubs, police said.

Investigators said a teen-ager entered the hospital office in the 1800 block of Liberty Road about 15 minutes before the robbery and asked about neutering an animal, then asked to use the bathroom, police said.

The day after the robbery, investigators received an anonymous telephone call.

When officers went to Mount Airy to check on the information, they obtained a description of the youths and a video from a security camera at a gasoline station, police said.

Adrian Rhyanes, 18, of Queen Anne's County was arrested and charged with multiple robbery counts after police received that information, officers said.

Police said they believe the teen-agers being held in Florida are also from Queen Anne's County.

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