County police arrested a man Monday afternoon and charged him with stealing $290 worth of merchandise from a Laurel Wal-Mart store.
An employee at the store in the 3500 block of Russett Green told police that she saw a man come in shortly after 4 p.m. and put four cigarette lighters, a carton of cigarettes, a $200 cordless telephone, two Batman T-shirts and other items into a shopping cart. The man then pushed the cart out of the store without paying for the items, police said.
The employee tried to stop the man, but he escaped and ran to a nearby McDonald's. Wal-Mart security officers caught him there and held him until officers arrived, police said.
Wayne Keith Morton 39, of no fixed address, was charged with misdemeanor theft.
Army unit to mark its departure
There will be a retreat ceremony for the 1st Army at 4 p.m. tomorrow at McGlachlin Field at Fort Meade.
Lt. Gen. John P. Otjen of the 1st Army will give remarks and review the troops, and the 389th Army Band will perform.
The 1st Army Headquarters Command is moving to Fort Gillem, Ga., after 28 years at Fort Meade.
For more information, call (301) 677-1361.
* Millersville: Someone broke into a Lancaster Associates office in the 300 block of Najoles Road between 2 p.m. and 11:54 p.m. Saturday and stole a television-videocassette recorder. The plate glass door was broken, causing $450 in damage.
* Gambrills: Burglars kicked open the front door of a home in the 1700 block of Saddle Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday and stole a computer and printer of undetermined value, county police said.
* Jessup: Burglars kicked in the front door of a house in the 7100 block of Wright Road between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday and stole $250 worth of property, county police said. A $50, television and a $50 cordless telephone were taken from the kitchen. The burglars also took a $150, 25-inch television from an upstairs bedroom, police said.