Burglar enters 4 businesses, steals money from threeA...

September 26, 1997

Burglar enters 4 businesses, steals money from three

A thief twisted cylinder locks off four county businesses within an hour Wednesday, stole money from three of them and vandalized one, county police said.

Investigators said they think the same thief was involved in all the break-ins because of their similarity, with the cylinder locks twisted out of the doors and the locks missing. Three break-ins were in Annapolis and one in Millersville.

Officers saw similar burglaries in Severna Park last week and think they also may be related, police said.

The burglar apparently first struck Wednesday at the Mikasa Factory Outlet store in the 1500 block of Whitehall Road in Annapolis. After an alarm sounded about 2 a.m., police found that the lock was missing, but that nothing had been taken.

About 20 minutes later, an alarm sounded at Pizza and Taco Express in the 600 block of Admiral Drive.

Owner Raymond Sears told police the thief took $150 from a cash box and envelopes with two employees paychecks.

While officers were investigating the pizza shop theft, they found that Mai Nails, next door in the strip shopping center, had been burglarized the same way.

The thief took $40 and tried unsuccessfully to steal a videocassette recorder, police said.

A fourth alarm sounded at 3 a.m. at Benfield Wine and Spirits in the 400 block of Headquarters Drive in Millersville.

The burglar took $190, police said.

He also broke several wine bottles and threw the cash register on the floor, police said.

County police arrested a Gambrills man on drug and weapons charges Wednesday after an officer saw a man drop a gun on the sidewalk in Meade Village.

Officer Robert Vane saw a man drop a .25-caliber handgun in the 1800 block of Circle Road shortly before 9 p.m. The officer went to retrieve the gun and the man began to run away, police said.

Vane chased the man and struggled with him briefly before handcuffing him. When Vane searched the man, he found 0.4 grams of crack cocaine in the man's jacket pocket, police said.

Charles Rodney Butler, 32, of the 1100 block of Carver Road was charged with illegal possession of a handgun, possession of crack cocaine and resisting arrest.

Police log

Pasadena: A camera and 9 mm handgun, together worth $800, were stolen Tuesday from a home in the 300 block of Rayford Drive.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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