2 men charged in burglaries around county

Police blotter

June 30, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police charged two Baltimore-area men Friday with three burglaries earlier this year in the Cromwell Field Shopping Center, and charges are possible against both men in about 10 other burglaries, county police said.

Charles Bernard Dropfelder, 29, of the first block of Cedar Drive, Lutherville, and Christopher Michael Ayres, 26, of the first block of Northwood Drive, Baltimore, were each charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of theft.

Police served warrants on the men around 7 a.m. yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center, where they were being held in connection with other burglaries.

Police said the men also are suspects in April 22 burglaries of the Hair Cuttery and the Hong Kong carry-out restaurant, both in the 7300 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., and the June 1 burglary of the same Hair Cuttery, as well as 10 other burglaries of businesses along Ritchie Highway in Severna Park and Pasadena.

Laurel woman dies after head-on crash

A Laurel woman was fatally injured Thursday when her car ran head-on into a truck, county police said.

Nellie Charlene Haga, 62, of the 15700 block of Hanes Road was pronounced dead at Laurel Regional Hospital at 4: 46 p.m.

Haga had been northbound on Russett Green West in Laurel when her 1986 Chevy Spectrum veered to the left and hit a concrete median, police said.

The car jumped the median and collided with an oncoming 1996 Dodge Ram 4x4 driven by Scott Michael Martucci, 33, of the 10500 Patuxent Ridge Way in Laurel.

9- Martucci was not injured in the accident.

2 Baltimore men charged with theft

Two Baltimore men were arrested in separate incidents Wednesday and Thursday and charged with stealing merchandise from a Glen Burnie Wal-Mart, county police said.

Adrian V. Keech, 26, of the 3200 block of Nerak Road was charged with felony theft. Joseph James Murray, 25, of the 3500 block of Keswick Road was charged with theft.

In the first incident, an employee was accused of stealing $500 worth of audio and electronic equipment from the store, police said.

A security guard for the store in the 6700 block of Chesapeake Center Drive told police he watched on the store video camera around 8: 30 a.m. Wednesday as the employee took a Sony Play Station, three compact discs, six blank audio cassette tapes, several candy bars and bottled water.

The guard confronted the man, and police arrested him.

In the second incident, a security guard told police that he saw a man take several packages of razors from a store display shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday.

The man put the merchandise, valued at $137, down a pants leg, then walked out of the store without paying for it, police said. The guard stopped the man and held him for police.

Man robbed at gunpoint on Glen Burnie Mall lot

A Baltimore man was robbed at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of money Thursday on the parking lot of the Glen Burnie Mall, county police said.

James Edward Mihm, 21, of the 1200 block of Weddell Ave. told police he was on the parking lot near Toys R Us around 6: 30 p.m. when he saw two men approaching.

He locked a toolbox in the bed of his truck when he felt a poke in his right side and turned to see a man holding a small, black semiautomatic handgun, police said.

The man demanded cash. As Mihm reached in his pocket for the money, the second man grabbed his hand, pulled it behind his back, and took the money from his pocket, police said.

` Pub date: 06/30/96

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