Three juveniles charged in theft of car and accident

November 18, 1997|By Kristi E. Swartz | Kristi E. Swartz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

County police arrested three Chesapeake High School students yesterday on charges stemming from the theft of a car from a Mountain Road shopping center and a hit-and-run accident near another one.

A man police did not identify was dropping off clothes at The Point cleaners at the Long Point Mall in the 4700 block of Mountain Road about 1: 30 p.m. when a youth approached and asked for 50 cents. He told the youth that he would give him the money when he came out of the store.

But when he returned, the man's 1990 Mitsubishi, which was left running, and the youth were gone, police said.

The man called police, and as officers were on their way, they received a call that the man's car was involved in a hit-and-run accident in front of the Lake Shore Shopping Center at Lake Shore Drive and Mountain Road. Police had no more information on that accident.

The officer driving to Long Point Mall saw a juvenile run out of woods along Mountain Road, then back into the woods after he saw the officer's patrol car, police said.

The officer and four others set up a search line along Mountain and Postal roads, and went into the woods, where they caught three 15-year-olds.

The youths, from Laurel, Baltimore and Pasadena, were charged as juveniles with auto theft and leaving the scene of an accident.

Chesapeake High Principal Harry Calender said the three are enrolled in a program for severely emotionally disturbed youths that serves jurisdictions throughout the metropolitan area.

A man wielding a handgun jumped the counter of the Signet Bank in Crofton on Saturday and left with shopping bags containing cash, county police said.

The man entered the bank in the 1600 block of Route 3 about 9: 30 a.m., jumped over the counter, waved a semiautomatic handgun and announced the robbery, police said.

He then forced tellers to fill shopping bags with money, put the bags in a larger sack, then ran out of the bank toward the parking lot behind the Trak Auto store and Crofton Cinema, police said.

Police do not know how much money was taken.

A gunman robbed a 27-year-old Severna Park man Saturday in the rear parking lot of the Festival at Riva on Riva Road at Forest Drive, county police said.

Asher Levin told police that he was walking to his car behind the Giant Food store when a man approached him, pointed a gun and demanded money.

Levin handed over an undisclosed amount of money and fought briefly with the gunman, who hit Levin in the face, police said.

The robber then ran into woods at the edge of the parking lot, police said.

Levin reported that his assailant had a tattoo of a rose between the thumb and index finger of his right hand, police said.

Pub Date: 11/18/97

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