Burglars break into Republican offices againFor the second...

September 17, 1996

Burglars break into Republican offices again

For the second time in a month, burglars broke into three Republican campaign offices on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park Saturday, county police said yesterday.

The burglars forced the main door to the building and the office doors.

County police said yesterday that they do not believe the break-ins at the Gilchrest for Congress, Dole for President and Anne Arundel County Elephant Club offices, all in the 800 block of Ritchie Highway, were politically motivated. Most of the other offices in the building are under construction, police said.

The thieves took a telephone and a compact disc player.

Two face drug charges after police stop car

County police arrested a Severna Park man and a Baltimore man on drug charges Saturday after stopping them for making an illegal turn on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

Rodney Morgan Jones, 19, of the 1400 block of Maridene Drive in Baltimore and James Ryan Rives, 20, of the 600 block of Westmoreland Place in Severna Park were charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officer Anthony Tortorici was patrolling Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard about 1 a.m. when he saw a 1987 Volvo turning onto McKinsey Road without stopping for a red light, police said.

The officer stopped the car, which had a brake light out, and checked its tags, police said.

Tortorici discovered that state police had ordered the tags to be taken from the car. The officer removed the tags, called for a tow truck and searched the car before it was taken away, police said.

The officer found a large hunting knife next to the driver's seat near the door, an open duffel bag with three bags of what tested positive for marijuana and a scale, police said. Rives told police the bag was his, police said.

Tortorici took the men to the Eastern District after their arrest and searched them. He found another bag of what later tested positive for marijuana in Jones' shoe, police said. Officers seized $295 from Jones and $180 from Rives.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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