Construction equipment seized in raid 6-agency effort yields items believed stolen

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

Officers from six police agencies raided two South Baltimore companies Monday afternoon and seized at least $250,000 worth of heavy equipment that was believed stolen from construction sites in the metropolitan area.

Officers from Anne Arundel and Howard counties entered Lowery's Trash Removal & Service Inc. and Authorized Trailer Service, both in the 1700 block of Cherry Hill Road, with search warrants.

Officers from Baltimore City, 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 Services.

Anne Arundel police watched that business and the adjacent Lowery's Trash Removal for a week before the raid.

Several pieces of stolen construction equipment were found, police said.

Anne Arundel police notified the other departments that equipment stolen from their jurisdictions might 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 County police said.

Howard police said several employees of both firms were detained, identified and released, pending further investigation of thefts that occurred in Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties.

Anne Arundel police said they are investigating the sites from which the items were stolen and that they expect to make 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 in Anne Arundel County have been returned to owners, police said.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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