2 teen students charged with cigarette offenses

February 29, 1996

Two Westminster High School students have been charged with possessing untaxed cigarettes and selling them at school.

The brothers, who were not identified because of their age, also were charged with selling cigarettes to minors. They were released to their parents Tuesday.

Police said they received a call from school officials Tuesday about two boys, one 14 and the other 16, selling cigarettes for $2 a pack.

Police discovered that the cigarettes had come from Delaware and had not been taxed in Maryland. Police then searched the teen-agers' home and reported finding 960 packs of cigarettes worth more than $2,000.

Armed man robs dairy store at Route 140 and flees

An armed man robbed the High's Dairy Store near Route 140 and Sullivan Road late Tuesday night.

State police said yesterday that a man entered the store about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the cashier and demanded all of the cash from the register. He ran away after getting the money.

He was described as white, about 40 years old, with reddish-brown hair and a brown and gray beard, of medium build and medium height. He was last seen wearing a red plaid shirt and a gray baseball cap.

Police searched the area with dogs and a helicopter but were unable to find the man. They said the same man might have robbed the Jiffy Mart in Hampstead Saturday.

Anyone with information about either robbery should call Tfc. William Corun at 848-3111.

Westminster man convicted of four counts of burglary

A 19-year-old Westminster man was convicted Tuesday of four counts of first-degree burglary after pleading guilty to breaking into neighbors' homes on Sunshine Way.

Michael Vernon McNeal also pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen credit card, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against him in those cases and agreed to place charges in seven other cases on the inactive docket.

Usually, cases on the inactive docket are dropped after one year, but prosecutors requested an extension yesterday because they expect McNeal to spend more than a year in prison for yesterday's convictions. McNeal must pay restitution in the inactive cases.

Prosecutors said yesterday that McNeal and several friends burglarized at least five homes on Sunshine Way in August and September, taking primarily jewelry and credit cards.

McNeal also attempted to steal a 1988 Corvette and was found trying to use a stolen card at an automated teller machine in the Freedom Village Shopping Center, prosecutors said.

The cases placed on the inactive docket involved property stolen from cars, prosecutors said.


Westminster: A resident of Middle Grove Court West told city police Tuesday that items worth about $350 were taken from a car.

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