Two are charged in bicycle thefts

September 15, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man and a woman have been charged in the thefts of at least 30 bicycles from homes and garages in the Garrison section of Baltimore County over the past several weeks, police said.

The man also was charged with the attempted murder of a county police officer after he and the woman were arrested Friday, police said.

According to police, Cpl. Bruce Prothero stopped a stolen minivan on Garrison Forest Road near Park Heights Avenue about 5 p.m. Friday and was approaching the vehicle when the driver sped away and almost struck Prothero.

Both occupants of the van ran from the vehicle after being pursued by Prothero along Garrison Forest Road for about two miles. Prothero said the driver was arrested after a brief foot chase and the woman was caught about two hours later in the back yard of a house off Garrison Forest Road.

From the van, police recovered three bikes that had been stolen Friday from homes and garages.

Prothero said police believe the stolen bikes, some worth more than $1,000, were sold in Baltimore City for $20 to $50 each.

Police said Rad Thomas, 22, of the 700 block of Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge and Helen Cook, 47, of the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave. in Baltimore were awaiting bail hearings last night.

Pub Date: 9/15/97

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