2 men, woman charged with writing bad checks

Police Blotter

November 17, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police arrested two Washington men and a woman Wednesday and charged them with stealing a U-Haul truck and passing several thousand dollars worth of bad checks at Laurel area businesses.

Kevin Lamont Washington, 20, of the 4600 block of Dix St. N.E.; Mounty Terrel Pugh, 22, of the 1300 block of Stevens Road S.E. and Angela Tyler, 25, of the 3400 block of 13th Place S.E. were charged with unlawfully taking an automobile, uttering a false document, felony theft, possession of a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana and forging a private document.

Harold Smith, a security guard for Waccamaw in the 3300 block of Corridor Marketplace in Laurel, stopped Officer Jeffrey Shelton shortly after 10 p.m. while he was on patrol and told him he had just seen three people at the Target next door who had passed a bad check at Waccamaw the previous day.

Smith said the two men and a woman were in a U-Haul truck and that they had bought $1,045 worth of items from his store Tuesday. Smith was suspicious of the three, and he called the bank the check was drawn upon Wednesday and found there were insufficient funds in the account, police said.

Later that day, he saw the same three people at Target. He notified the security guards at that store, then flagged down Shelton.

Shelton went to Target, but he could not find the three. He later saw a truck fitting the security officer's description on Russet Green.

Shelton stopped the truck on southbound Route 295 at Route 198, checked the tags and found it was stolen, police said.

Police arrested the three, searched the truck and discovered a bag of what later tested positive for marijuana and a large Buck knife on the front console. An officer also found a large Buck knife as he searched Pugh, police said.

There were several pieces of electronic equipment in the rear of the truck, along with two wallets with checks and matching identifications, police said. Officers also found receipts for $2,785 worth of merchandise from Marlo furniture; $2,662 worth of merchandise from Circuit City and $525 in merchandise from Crate & Barrel.

$600 worth of tools taken from 2 trucks

Two trucks parked within a few blocks of one another early Thursday were broken into, and more than $600 worth of tools was stolen from them, county police said.

A passer-by called Officer William Selander to the 300 block of W. Hilltop Road shortly before 5 a.m. after he saw two men tampering with a parked Maryland Refrigeration Co. truck.

The thieves forced open the rear doors and stole more than $300 worth of tools before police arrived.

As Selander was patrolling the area shortly after 6 a.m., he saw a Freeland Equipment Co. truck parked in the 300 block of Old Riverside Drive with its rear doors forced open.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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