Extradition is expected for suspect in crime spree

June 28, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A man arrested on drug charges in North Carolina on Sunday is expected to be extradited to Westminster in connection with a recent crime spree in Carroll and other counties, Westminster police said.

Arrest warrants were filed for Steven C. Lafferman, 33, and his companion, Paula E. Renehan, 26, of the first block of E. Main St. in Westminster, said Lt. Dean Brewer, a Westminster police spokesman.

Extradition papers are being prepared for the couple, who are being held on drug charges in Raleigh, N.C., Brewer said.

Lafferman lived in Owings Mills until recently moving into Renehan's apartment, Brewer said. Police have not determined whether Renehan will be charged in any of the Westminster break-ins.

But because drugs were found in her apartment and she was in the vicinity of stolen property, Westminster police have charged Renehan with drug possession and conspiracy to steal, Brewer said.

Various charges against Lafferman were being processed, Brewer said.

After stopping the couple for speeding, sheriff's deputies in Dare County, N.C., found evidence linking Lafferman to a break-in June 13 at Towne Shoe Repair on E. Main Street in Westminster, Brewer said. Money and a safe were stolen in the break-in.

Further investigation led authorities to link Lafferman to other crimes in Baltimore, Frederick and Carroll counties, including the June 13 burglaries of the Kountry Kitchen Kafe and Bobby's Hobby Lobby, both on E. Main Street in Westminster, Brewer said.

Westminster officers recovered evidence from other crimes after raiding the couple's Main Street apartment Tuesday afternoon, he said. Officers also seized suspected heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, he said.

Brewer said Lafferman is a suspect in a June 11 armed robbery at Deb's Country Store in Frederick County and other crimes in Finksburg, Sykesville, New Windsor, Westminster and the Catonsville area of Baltimore County.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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