Baltimore Co. man charged with breaking and enteringA...

April 04, 1996

Baltimore Co. man charged with breaking and entering

A Baltimore County man was arrested Tuesday and charged with breaking into electronic stores in Ellicott City and Columbia, Howard County police said.

William E. Austin, 18, of the first block of Maple Hollow Court in Parkville, also is suspected in burglaries in Baltimore County and West Virginia, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a county police spokesman.

Mr. Austin was being held on $5,000 bail at the county detention center yesterday.

He is charged with breaking and entering at ERS Mobile Inc. on U.S. 40 twice in December and once in January.

He also is charged with breaking and entering at the Audio Connection store in Columbia's Owen Brown village in January and with stealing from a car, Sergeant Keller said.

Police officers -- armed with an arrest warrant for Mr. Austin in the ERS case -- found his truck on Oak Green Circle in Ellicott City Tuesday. They arrested him after he returned to the truck and began loading tools, which were later found to be stolen, police said.

Police said Mr. Austin gave them information about the Ellicott City and Columbia burglaries and several burglaries in Baltimore County. From his statements and property recovered from his home, police also believe he burglarized two antiques stores in Harper's Ferry, W. Va., Sergeant Keller said.

Knife-wielder robs store in Ellicott City, flees

A man armed with a knife robbed an Ellicott City mini-mart yesterday, Howard County police said.

About 3: 20 a.m, a clerk was cleaning the Shell Mini-mart store in the 8500 block of U.S. 40 when the man knocked on the door and asked to come in to make a purchase, police said.

The clerk allowed the man into the store. He then displayed a butcher-type knife and demanded money. He fled on foot after taking an undetermined amount of cash.

Metro Crime Stoppers, 276-8888, is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Police log

Ellicott City: 8700 block of Town and Country Blvd.: A cable box and a money order were taken from a home after someone pried or forced open a rear window sometime Monday or Tuesday.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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