Spring Meadows youth, 12, is charged in burglaries in Odenton and Severn Boy allegedly rang bell before breaking in

November 27, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police say the 12-year-old Severn boy is "only this tall," polite and "cute." They also say he has committed a half-dozen burglaries in West County homes.

The owner of a Severn home caught the boy as he tried to pry open his door Sunday morning.

The youth, who lives in the Spring Meadows community, was charged as a juvenile with four counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree burglary and five counts of malicious destruction of property. He was released to his mother.

The youth told police he would have broken into other homes in the Spring Meadows and Seven Oaks communities, but they looked "too secure."

Gary Franklin of the 1900 block of Artillery Lane in Odenton told police he heard his doorbell ring several times about 10: 30 a.m. Sunday and as he went to open the door, he heard someone pressing against the lock.

When he opened the door, Franklin found the boy pushing a metal chisel between the door and the jamb, police said.

Franklin grabbed the boy and held him for police. The boy later told police that Sunday was the second time he had burglarized the Franklin home and that he had broken into five others in the neighboring Odenton and Severn communities over several weeks.

In most cases, police said, the youth would ring the doorbell or look into the homes before going inside. He sometimes entered through an unlocked garage door.

The boy told police he made his first unsuccessful attempt about two months ago at what he thought was a vacant home in the 200 block of Cannonball Way in Odenton. Police said they did not have a report of a burglary attempt from that address.

The boy told police he burglarized the Franklin home several weeks ago and took a bag with more than a dozen Nintendo video game cartridges. Franklin said he never reported the bag of video games missing because he thought the bag might have been misplaced.

The youth said he broke into a home in the 1800 block of Dove Court in Severn, where residents reported a burglary Oct. 30.

He also pointed out a home in the 1800 block of Falcon Court in Severn where toys were reported stolen Nov. 10, a home in the 300 block of Bugle Court in Odenton and a second home in the 1900 block of Artillery Court where a burglary was reported Friday.

The boy told police he took a pair of grass clippers from the garage of the Bugle Court home and tried to pry open the door. The homeowner told police he checked the door several days ago because it wasn't working properly and found pry marks on rTC the door and discovered the clippers missing, but he did not call police.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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