Candy-snatching incidents mar peaceful Halloween

November 03, 1996|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

Pranksters and prowlers were at a minimum Halloween night, Howard County police said, with only four incidents -- three involving juveniles who had their candy stolen.

Anne Dodd, manager of Columbia's Kings Contrivance village, said it was sad and troubling that crimes occurred against children trying to get treats.

"Any crime is a concern to us, but a crime against a child on Halloween is especially sad," she said. "On the one hand, it is disconcerting and a shame to have crime on Halloween night, a night for fun for kids, but the night seemed to have consisted of relatively little crime overall."

In one incident, about 8: 45 p.m. Thursday, a girl was walking with a friend near Cape Anne Drive and Cotton Mill Lane in Kings Contrivance when a large group of boys and girls approached.

A teen-age boy grabbed the victim, swung her around, knocking her to the ground, and stole her trick-or-treat bag, police said.

In another incident the same night, a woman got out of her car, grabbed a child's bag of candy in the 2700 block of Thornbrook Road in the Mount Hebron area and drove away, police said.

Also Thursday, a group of juveniles stole a backpack containing candy from a 10-year-old Savage boy in the 9100 block of Baltimore St.

In the fourth incident, a 15-year-old Columbia boy screamed profanities at police officers in the area of Eden Brook Drive and Weather Worn Way in Jessup, police said. The boy threw an egg at one officer, but it did not hit him, police said.

The boy was arrested on assault charges and released to his parents.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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