Man who shot officer is suspect in car thefts At least 300 cases in city, county related, police say

August 30, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man who shot a Baltimore police detective while attempting to steal a car in May 1995 is suspected -- with others -- in the thefts of numerous cars and property from vehicles over the past several weeks in the city and Baltimore County, authorities said yesterday.

The County-City Regional Auto Theft Task Force has charged Stephen Vaughn, 18, in a warrant with the theft of a Toyota Land Cruiser during a burglary on Sept. 28, 1994, in the 2300 block of Caves Road in Owings Mills.

The warrant for Vaughn, whose last known addresses were in the 3700 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. and the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Ave., both in Baltimore, was issued June 27.

The task force said Vaughn and unknown others are suspected of at least 300 thefts of late-model cars or property from vehicles over the past several weeks. Vaughn is believed to have a handgun and is considered dangerous, the task force said.

In the shooting, which occurred May 19, 1995, Detective Aaron Stewart, who was off duty, saw a man attempting to steal a neighbor's car in the 400 block of Wickham Road in Southwest Baltimore.

Stewart approached the man, who pulled a handgun and shot him. The officer survived, and Vaughn was convicted of assault with intent to murder. He served less than a year in prison.

Anyone with information about Vaughn's whereabouts should call the county police at 887-2198.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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