Arnold man is charged in 3 different counties Suspect arrested after burglaries

March 14, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Baltimore and Howard county detectives who searched an Arnold home for a stolen rifle arrested one of its occupants Monday, charging him with burglaries and attempted murder in their counties. Anne Arundel police filed drug possession charges.

Charles Gordon Bell, 30, of the 1100 block of Green Hill Road, was charged with possession of methadone and theft in Anne Arundel; second-degree burglary, assault with intent to murder, and battery in Baltimore County, and burglary and theft in Howard County. He was being held yesterday without bond at the Woodlawn precinct in Baltimore County.

The Howard County charges resulted from a Feb. 26 break-in at a house in the 10800 block of Old Frederick Road. A Woodstock resident reported the burglary to Howard County police about 4 p.m. and gave them the tag number on the 1994 Pontiac Grand Am in which the suspects got away.

The car was listed to Mr. Bell's mother, and Howard County police obtained a search warrant for her house in Arnold to look for the .22-caliber rifle taken from the Frederick Road house.

They gave the description of the car and the tag number to Baltimore County police because Woodstock is close to the county boundary. Thirty minutes later, an Avalon resident called Baltimore County police to report seeing two men, who fitted the descriptions of the suspects in the earlier robbery and drove the same car with the same license tag, break into his shed and try to take a chain saw, Anne Arundel police said.

Charles MacGill, 59, of the 300 block of Gun Road, told police he saw the men in his driveway and, when he asked what they were doing, one said he was looking for someone.

The men ran to a Grand Am and drove directly toward Mr. MacGill, who jumped out of the way as the car sped off, police said. Mr. MacGill found the door to his shed had been forced open and several items, including a chain saw valued at $300, moved from their places, police said.

Detectives from Howard and Baltimore counties met Anne Arundel police Monday to serve the warrants. They arrested Mr. Bell as he left his home shortly after 7: 30 a.m.

A Howard County police spokesman said yesterday they did not find the stolen rifle. Anne Arundel police said they found a gold 1981 Nissan registered to Mr. Bell parked in front of the house with a stolen license tag on the front bumper.

They searched the car for the registration and found a small clear bottle labeled methadone between the front seats, police said. The liquid inside tested positive for methadone, police said.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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