Three Crofton girls were charged with destruction of property Thursday morning in the spray-painting of anti-police slogans on a county police lieutenant's patrol car, officials said.
The girls, two age 15 and one 14, were released to their parents.
They were arrested after a woman who lives in the 2900 block of Cold Spring Way called police about 1:50 a.m. to report that three girls spray-painted a police car in front of her house.
Police said the girls spray-painted a stop sign at Duke of Kent Drive and Cold Spring Way. Officers also found a sign for Keswick Park Apartments had been painted.
Loaded assault rifle found in Severn yard
County police found a loaded assault rifle Thursday morning the back yard of a Severn home, officials said.
Western District Officer Thomas Middleton received an anonymous tip about 9:50 a.m. that the weapon was in the yard of a house in the 1800 block of Arwell Court. Officers Middleton, Steven Hlavach and Thomas McBride went to the house, where Officer Middleton found an AK-22 assault rifle wrapped in a blue jacket in the back yard.
The rifle was loaded with a 30-round magazine and a live cartridge jammed in the chamber. It was covered with rust. No one was charged, police said.
Woman arrested on shoplifting charge
An Annapolis woman was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of shoplifting clothes worth $92 from a Hecht's store at Marley Station mall, county police said.
Joey Kinsey, 20, a security officer at the store, in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway, saw a woman stuff several items of clothes into a shopping bag about 3:20 p.m. and leave the store, police said. Mr. Kinsey stopped the woman and held her for police.
The woman had no identification papers but said she was Charlmayne Holland, 31, of the 1400 block of Taylor Ave. She was charged with misdemeanor theft.
Stop for broken light leads to drug arrests
Three Annapolis men were arrested early Wednesday after county police reported they found marijuana in the car they were driving near Quiet Waters Park, officials said.
Officer Robert Shiflet saw a 1984 Datsun Sentra with a broken tag light swerving on Hillsmere Drive near Magnolia Drive about 2:10 a.m. He arrested the driver, identified as Nathan Raymond Hill, 18, of the first block of Gentry Court, after he failed a field sobriety test, police said.
Officer Robert Rosso, who had arrived to back up Officer Shiflet, searched the car and found a bag of a substance that looked like marijuana in the glove compartment, along with several pipes. Two other men in the car were then arrested. The substance in the bag field-tested positive for marijuana.
Mr. Hill was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated. Bryan Andrew Jefferson, 18, of the 500 block of Harbor Drive and Eric Todd Mansfield, 19, of the 500 block of Silverwood Circle were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Furniture store looted of $1,160 in property
Thieves smashed open the front glass door of a Parole Plaza Shopping Center furniture store last week to steal property worth $1,160, county police said.
Peter Cullison, 40, the owner of CBF/Bay Furniture, told police a $360 21-inch color television set and an $800 printer were missing. The thieves also caused $1,000 worth of damage to the door, he said.
The burglary occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, police said.
Routine traffic stop ends in 2 drug arrests
A county police officer teamed Wednesday afternoon with a state trooper and his drug-detecting dog to arrest two Baltimore men on drug charges, officials said.
Northern District Officer Samuel Sweet saw a car with no front tag and a loose rear tag northbound on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Dorsey Road about 4:45 p.m. He flashed his emergency lights, but the driver continued for another quarter-mile before pulling over.
About that time, state Trooper Rick Schelfe stopped to help. When the trooper's dog acted as if drugs were nearby, police searched the men and the car, officials said.
Trooper Schelfe reported he saw one of the men drop a vial on the ground. The vial -- and six bags found in one man's shoe -- were believed to contain cocaine, officials said.
Kevin Martaz Butler, 18, of the 2500 block of W. Pratt St. was charged with felony possession of cocaine.
Paul Eric Roberson, 35, of the 2400 block of W. Lombard St. was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license, police said.