Elusive shoplifting suspect uses brother's name when arrested His sibling speaks to police to clear self

February 04, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Troy William Belt didn't know he had been arrested until he read about it in the newspaper.

Now, county police are looking for Mr. Belt's brother, Tracey Edward Belt, who they say stole almost $130 worth of compact discs from Best Buy in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway on Dec. 26 and lied about his name when caught.

Police said he was picked up leaving the store, gave his brother's name and was released on his own recognizance.

Tracey Belt, 24, of no fixed address, is wanted for theft and making a false statement to police.

Officer Stephen E. Moody, who arrested the man at Best Buy, said he didn't know the wrong brother had been charged until Jan. 22, when Troy Belt, 34, of the 2000 block of Parker Drive walked into the Eastern District police station carrying the newspaper article.

Mr. Belt gave Officer Moody his driver's license and accused his brother, Tracey, of the crime.

"I just wanted to get my name off of [court records]," said Mr. Belt, a cook at the Crownsville state hospital. He said he had not seen Tracey since November.

Police may have missed an opportunity to nab Tracey Belt four days after his brother tried to clear his name. A man who identified himself as Troy Belt was caught shoplifting in Crofton, authorities said.

A guard at the Giant Food store in the 1100 block of Route 3, caught a man stealing $41 worth of meat from the store shortly before 6:30 p.m., police said

The guard called police, and the man told Officer Robert John Hanlon, Jr. that his name was Troy Belt, but showed no identification, according to officers.

The real Troy Belt said he was not at the Giant that night.

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