Stolen Jeeps used to break into 2 stores 3 men charged with thefts after vehicles smashed through display windows

January 17, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

County police arrested two Washington men and a Forestville man Saturday on charges of ramming two stolen Jeeps through the display windows of electronics stores in Laurel and Odenton and stealing more than $4,700 worth of equipment.

Police said four men stole the Jeeps from the 7800 block of Americana Circle in Glen Burnie late Friday night or early Saturday.

Two men drove the Jeeps and a third drove a 1983 blue Cadillac de Ville.

One of them rammed a Jeep through the windows of Hobby Works in the 300 block of Domer Ave. in Laurel Center just after 3 a.m., police said.

The men stole two model racing cars worth $400 and took off in the Cadillac, leaving the Jeep in the store, police said.

About 1 1/2 hours later, the second Jeep was driven through the windows of a Radio Shack in the 1500 block of Annapolis Road in Odenton.

The men took telephones, police radio scanners and stereo equipment, abandoned the Jeep and left in the Cadillac, police said.

Officers Frank A. Spadaro and Jack R. Hartzell were on their way to check the alarm at the Radio Shack when they saw a car fitting description of the Cadillac, which had been broadcast.

They followed the car along Route 175 and west on Route 32 until Officers Terry M. Bente and David J. Heline stopped the vehicle near Route 198 and searched it, police said.

Police said they found electronic equipment in the trunk fitting the description of items taken from Radio Shack and Hobby Works.

Police said they also found found several cartons of cigarettes, cigarette lighters and motor oil from an Exxon station in the 800 block of Reece Road in Severn. The station had been burglarized that night, police said.

Three men were arrested.

It is unclear what happened to the fourth man witnesses described in the Hobby World break-in.

Officers recovered all of the stolen property except a stereo and three telephones from Radio Shack, police said.

Karl Everett Woodbury, 22, and Dwayne Charles Jordan, 20, both of Northeast Washington, and Antoine Levelle Gatewood, 25, of Forestville were charged with auto theft, theft, burglary and malicious destruction of property.

Mr. Woodbury and Mr. Jordan were being held yesterday on $50,000 bond each, and Mr. Gatewood on $20,000 bond.

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