Three face drug, theft charges

February 06, 1996

A Randallstown man and two Baltimore residents were arrested on drug, theft and related charges yesterday after a shoplifting incident about 2:30 p.m.

Police said they arrested a man with two telephones, an answering machine, other smaller items and crack cocaine in his possession when he fled from store employees at Staples in the Cranberry Square Shopping Center.

The man was captured near an auto repair shop at Cranberry Mall after a brief foot chase. Police had been called by Staples employees about a shoplifting incident.

"One of the store employees injured his hand after apparently confronting" the suspect, said Lt. Dean Brewer of the Westminster police.

The injured employee, who was not identified, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment. His injury did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

The suspect also was taken to the hospital after complaining of difficulty in breathing.

Two other suspects, who police said had been in Staples with the man, were found in a vehicle parked outside the store, apparently waiting for him to return, Lieutenant Brewer said. All three had small quantities of crack cocaine in their possession, Lieutenant Brewer said.

Police charged Tony Lydell Thorton, 27, of Randallstown, with theft, drug possession and assault and battery. Billy Lee, 29, and Carol Diane Swartz, 26, both of Baltimore were charged with theft and drug possession, police said.

The three men were awaiting a bail hearing late yesterday.

Police

Westminster: A Bel Air woman told city police someone slashed the convertible top of her vehicle and stole personal property while it was parked at Western Maryland College on Wednesday. The loss and damage was estimated at $325.

Westminster: An employee of the Wakefield Valley Golf Course told city police someone threw a large clay trash container into a window on Thursday. The damage was estimated at $250.

Westminster: A Charles Street resident told city police someone stole personal property from the front porch of his house on Thursday. The loss was estimated at $800.

Westminster: An employee of the Wakefield Valley Golf Course told city police someone destroyed a vending machine on Thursday. The damage was estimated at $1,500.

Westminster: A Pennsylvania Avenue resident told city police that someone stole two shovels from his porch Saturday. The loss was estimated at $30.

Westminster: Western Maryland College employees told city police someone removed the rear registration plate from a college-owned vehicle while it was parked on Pennsylvania Avenue Friday. The loss was estimated at $70.

Westminster: A Sykesville woman told city police someone took her car while it was parked at Wal-Mart Sunday. The loss was estimated at $5,000.

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