Anne Arundel County police said they found a possible marijuana-growing operation Thursday evening off Ridge Road in Hanover.
Police, acting on an anonymous tip, searched the densely wooded area about 7 p.m. They found 41 mature, cultivated marijuana plants, with a weight of 2.6 pounds and street value of $5,000, police said. Because the area was well-maintained, police believe the marijuana was planned for harvest.
Vacuum cleaners stolen from Ames store
A man and woman stole two vacuum cleaners worth more than $400 Wednesday morning from the Ames department store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway, county police said.
The store's manager, Jay Laurie, told police he saw the pair wheeling a shopping cart containing two boxes of vacuum cleaners out of the store without paying for them about 11:30 a.m. The couple loaded the boxes into a 1985 beige Chevrolet and left.
Police believe they have the license tag number and are using it to trace the couple.
Teen banned from store arrested there in theft
A Glen Burnie woman who was banned from a Montgomery Ward store for stealing from it in 1992 was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with trespassing and stealing items from the same store, county police said.
The woman entered the store in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway about 8 p.m. and removed a shirt and skirt from a display. She took the merchandise to the fitting room and then left without the clothing, police said.
A store employee, Scott Wanner, 25, held the woman after he found the items in her purse. Mr. Wanner checked store records and found that the woman stole merchandise from the store in November 1992, at which time she also was banned from the store, police said.
Melissa Dawn Cain, 18, of the 6900 block of Glen Ridge Circle, was charged with theft and trespassing.
Aide to elderly woman charged with fraud
State police raided the home of a Calvert County woman Thursday morning and seized merchandise bought with the stolen credit card of an elderly Glen Burnie woman, officials said.
The suspect worked for Genevieve M. Stinchcomb, 76. As of Tuesday, $5,031 worth of merchandise had been purchased with her credit card in Glen Burnie, Prince Frederick and Forestville stores, police said.
Ms. Stinchcomb -- who recently had a heart transplant operation -- hired the suspect about a year ago to help care for her. She
received her credit card bill Tuesday and realized that items she did not buy had been charged to her card since February. She suspected her employee when she noticed that some of the purchases were in Prince Frederick, where the woman lives. Rawena Winona Wilkerson, 31, of the 200 block of Shore Acre Way was charged with 28 counts of credit card fraud and forgery, police said.