Three counties charge man in burglaries

March 15, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County and Howard County detectives who searched an Arnold house for a stolen rifle arrested one of its occupants Monday, charging him with burglaries and attempted murder in their counties. Anne Arundel County 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 in lieu of $75,000 bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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 license tag number for a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am.

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

Thirty minutes later, an Avalon resident called Baltimore County police to report seeing two men who fit the descriptions of suspects in the robbery break into his shed and try to take a chain saw, Anne Arundel police said. He provided a description of the same car and license tag number.

Detectives from Howard and Baltimore counties met Anne Arundel police Monday to serve the warrants. They arrested Mr. Bell as he left the house shortly after 7: 30 a.m. A Howard County police spokesman said they did not find a stolen rifle.

Anne Arundel officers searched Mr. Bell's gold 1981 Nissan 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: 3/15/96

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