Burglary suspect found asleep in car, with some unusual items

March 13, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A burglary suspect found sleeping in an Arnold neighborhood had an unusual assortment of items in his car, according to county police -- a police badge, a rubber mask, a rifle and some marijuana.

Officer James McDermott found the man slumped over in the passenger seat of his Volkswagen shortly before 2 a.m. Monday on Harmony Avenue.

The man had no identification, but he gave McDermott his name -- Peter Joseph Lally -- and the officer found that he was wanted by Baltimore County police on charges in a burglary Feb. 23 of Lally's uncle's Towson law office, police said.

Police said items found in the car included:

A Maryland State Police superintendent's badge and badge holder in the driver's door pocket.

An unloaded, .30-caliber M-1 carbine rifle in the back seat.

Three rifle magazines with ammunition in the passenger door pocket.

A rubber Halloween mask of an old man's face, also in the passenger door pocket.

A pair of black gloves in the glove box.

A duffel bag containing a steel-blade knife, a pipe and a bag of what later tested positive for marijuana, all on the front seat.

Baltimore County police said a rifle, ammunition, knife, cash, cigarettes, liquor and food were taken in the burglary at the law office in the 600 block of Baltimore Ave. about 3 a.m. Feb. 23 and that a telephone call was made -- allegedly to an aunt of the suspect in Illinois.

Attorney J. Michael Lawlor told police his sister-in-law called him later that morning from Illinois. Lawlor said he found that the items were missing when he went to his office shortly after 9 a.m.

Anne Arundel officers were investigating whether the old badge found in the car is real and whether the suspect is related to the late Robert J. Lally, state police superintendent from July 1967 to June 1970.

Peter Lally, 25, of no fixed address was charged by Anne Arundel authorities with possession of marijuana and possession of a police badge.

He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center with bail set at $3,500.

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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