Brothers charged in theft from two stores

July 09, 1996

Two Landover brothers were arrested Saturday and charged with stealing tennis rackets and computer equipment from two Glen Burnie stores after police caught them in a chase along Ritchie Highway and the Baltimore Beltway to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, county police said.

Jason Stevenson, 35, and Herbert Stevenson, 30, both of the 1200 block of Gondar Ave. were charged with felony theft. Jason Stevenson also was charged with assault and battery and arrested on five outstanding arrest warrants from other jurisdictions.

Jason Stevenson was being held at the county detention center on $10,000 bond and Herbert Stevenson on $5,000.

Police said they were called to the Best Buy store in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway shortly before 6 p.m. because store security guards were trying to catch a combative shoplifter.

The man, who had been caught trying to walk out of the store with computer equipment, assaulted one guard and threatened an employee with a pair of scissors before he ran to the parking lot and sped away in a white car driven by another man, police said.

The guards got a tag number of the car, which headed north on Ritchie Highway. Cpl. Robert George spotted it moments later as it made a U-turn at Hammonds Lane and headed south toward the Beltway. He followed it onto the Beltway and stopped it at the Baltimore-Washington Parkway interchange, police said.

Officers found a tennis bag in the car with five Prince rackets that still had price tags on them from the Sports Authority in the 500 block of Ordnance Road, police said. Store managers identified one of the men in the car as one they had seen leaving with an unidentified woman and the tennis racket bag, police said.

Security officers at the Best Buy identified the other man as the shoplifter who assaulted a guard and threatened an employee, police said.

Pub Date: 7/09/96

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