2 men charged in theft of coats from stores

November 10, 1995|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Police arrested two Baltimore men Tuesday on charges of stealing coats from three department stores in Pasadena and Severna Park.

William Long, a store security officer for the Ames department store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena, told police he saw a man take a $50 coat from a store display shortly after 4 p.m. and try to leave without paying. Mr. Long stopped the man and held him until police arrived.

About the same time, another security guard saw a second man take a black, $80 jacket from a display, leave the store, and get into a red Subaru, police said. When police arrived, they said, the second man was sitting in the back seat of the car with several other jackets in plain view.

Police said the first man told an officer that he and his friend had stolen a $60 coat from a Kmart store in the 8100 block of Jumpers Hole Road and two other jackets, together worth $100, from a Caldor store in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

The first man gave police a false name during an interview, but his friend and a 19-year-old woman, who was with the men but not arrested, told police his name.

Police returned the jackets to the stores and arrested William Dean Bartlett, 34, of the 1400 block of Jackson St. in Baltimore and charged him with three counts of theft and giving a false statement. John Allen McKenny Jr., 22, of the 1800 block of Spence St. in Baltimore was charged with theft.

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