Police raiders seize suspected stolen goods Equipment worth $250,000 at two firms in Baltimore, officers say

April 03, 1996|By Richard Irwin and TaNoah V. Sterling | Richard Irwin and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Police officers from six jurisdictions including Howard County -- descended on two South Baltimore companies Monday afternoon and seized at least $250,000 worth of heavy-duty equipment they suspect was stolen from construction sites in the metropolitan area.

Officers from Anne Arundel and Howard counties went into Lowery's Trash Removal & Service Inc. and Authorized Trailer Service, both in the 1700 block of Cherry Hill Road, with search warrants. Police from Baltimore and from Montgomery and Baltimore counties and a state trooper were there to identify items that may have been stolen from their jurisdictions.

Anne Arundel Sgt. Howard W. Ebbert said his department got a tip last week that a stolen truck was being held at Authorized Trailer Service.

Anne Arundel police watched that business and the adjacent Lowery's Trash Removal for one week because they suspected that the same person had controlling interest in the two companies.

Officers later discovered that both are owned by Arthur Isenhart and that several other pieces of stolen construction equipment were being held there, police said.

Anne Arundel police notified the other departments that equipment stolen from their jurisdictions may be on the lots, and Anne Arundel and Howard police obtained warrants to search the properties. Together, they forcibly entered the premises Monday morning.

They seized trucks, earth-moving equipment, power tools and generators and several containers of suspected hazardous waste, Howard police said.

Howard police said several employees of both firms were detained, identified and released, pending further investigation of thefts in the city and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. Anne Arundel police said they still are investigating the sites from which the items were stolen, and they expect two arrests when their investigation is complete.

The seized equipment was taken to a warehouse in Howard County for identification. Many of the items stolen from Anne Arundel county have been returned to owners, police said.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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