Pair of would-be thieves foiled in Brooklyn Park Residents chase men who were 'snooping around'

March 14, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Two Brooklyn Park men took action against a couple of would-be thieves who crept through their neighborhood Tuesday night. One of them chased the two culprits away and another followed them to nearby apartments, but neither caught them, county police said.

Donald E. Worden, a retired Baltimore homicide detective, and his wife, Diane, were on their way home from shopping about 7: 30 p.m. when they saw two men at the front door of their home in the 300 block of 10th Ave.

A short, stocky man with red pants was standing just inside the house, while a taller, thin man in dark clothing was at the door acting as a lookout, police said.

As the Wordens backed their car into the driveway, the burglars fled toward Ritchie Highway, police said. Worden jumped out of the car and chased them, but he lost them.

Nothing was taken from the home, but the front door was damaged, police said.

Moments later, George J. Stelmach and his wife were leaving their home in the 200 block of 10th Ave. when they noticed two men in the alley behind the house.

"They just looked like they were up to no good," Stelmach, 55, said. He said the men looked as though they could have been hiding. When they noticed the Stelmachs leaving their home, the men turned to the adjacent property and peeked into the door, Stelmach said.

"I just got a gut feeling. What are these guys doing in the alley? Why should they be snooping around?" Stelmach said. Then, spurred by recollections of his wife's Toyota Camry being stolen last month and neighbors cars being broken into, he decided to follow the pair.

"I told my wife, 'Call the police and tell them there are prowlers in the neighborhood,' " Stelmach said.

He gave the men a head start toward Ritchie Highway, then slowly drove behind them as theycrossed the busy highway and disappeared into apartments in the 100 block of E. 11th Ave.

Stelmach returned to his neighborhood, where Officer Christopher Ament and others were investigating the Worden burglary. He showed Ament the apartments where the pair disappeared, and police interviewed residents, but none of them resembled the prowlers, police said.

The taller man was described as white, between 19 and 22 years old, and about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and dark or black hair. He was wearing a dark blue jacket and dark pants. The shorter man referred to him as "Mike" when Worden chased the men, police said.

The shorter man was also white, in his early to mid-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a large build, goatee and dirty blond hair with slight curls at the ends. He wore red pants, a white or silver belt and a blue denim jacket.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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