Man kept stolen goods in abandoned state shed, police say

March 19, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

C An abandoned shed on state property in Severn became a warehouse for stolen goods for a Glen Burnie man accused of breaking into more than 20 cars and stealing computers, audio equipment and other goods, county police said yesterday.

The man, Christopher Joseph Madej, 20, remained at large yesterday, when police raided his Glen Burnie apartment in the 1200 block of Wilson Road.

The authorities seized some items believed to have been stolen and arrested Donna Thrift, 37, who shared the apartment with him.

The largest quantity of stolen goods was found Feb. 17 in the shed on Maryland Aviation Authority property about a block from the apartment. Included were hundreds of items, including car stereos, an all-terrain vehicle, a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a police radar unit and hunting equipment.

Police said the items were stolen as long ago as January 1996, and their discovery helped close the books on a string of thefts in the Elmhurst area and other Anne Arundel communities.

Detective Debra Arduini had been investigating 15 Christmas Eve thefts from cars in the Elmhurst community when she got word in mid-February that a man was moving large amounts of property from his apartment to the shed, police said.

Madej has been charged in warrants with the break-ins, tampering, 20 counts of felony theft and 13 counts of destruction of property, police said.

Thrift was charged yesterday with felony theft, police said.

Glen Burnie man charged in assault on ex-girlfriend

A Glen Burnie has been charged with two counts of assault after his former girlfriend was dragged by her hair and choked outside her Deale home and her 12-year-old daughter was slapped.

The woman, Anne Louise Schanne, said she obtained a protective order Monday against Douglass Gilbert Harryman, 29, of the 1500 block of Furnace Ave. a day after the alleged incident outside her home in Deale and his arrest. Schanne, 40, lost a patch of hair and had minor bruises but refused medical treatment, police said.

She told police she had been living with her boyfriend since September but decided to break off the relationship because he couldn't control his temper.

She was also assaulted about a month ago, she said.

Schanne said she told the man she wanted him to leave and placed his belongings in the front yard Sunday.

When she arrived home about 7 p.m. with her daughter Danielle and one of the girl's friends, she saw the man had picked up his belongings and was leaving in his 1991 Nissan truck.

After she pulled into her driveway, the man walked to her car door, opened it, and pulled her out by the hair, dragging her to the end of the carport, she told police.

He hit her repeatedly in the face while threatening to kill her, police said.

Danielle jumped out of the car and tried to stop the man as he forced his arm around her mother's neck and began to choke her, but the man turned and slapped the girl across the face and arms several times, police said. The girl was not seriously injured.

Meanwhile, Danielle's friend ran to a neighbor's house and called police.

Police found and arrested Harryman about an hour later at his home on Furnace Avenue.

Burglary at marina

Someone cut the padlock on a marina shed in the 5900 block of Rockhold Creek in Deale overnight Sunday and stole fish nets, engine filters, a grass trimmer, a circular saw and other items, valued at a combined $1,065.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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