Former taxi operator gets probation for theft by altering fare check

November 24, 1997

The former owner of Carroll Countywide Taxi & Transportation Service received probation before judgment Friday on a theft charge stemming from a passenger's check for $4 fare being turned into a $400 check.

Robert A. Bizzarri, 33, of the 800 block of Littlestown Pike, was placed on a year's unsupervised probation. He made restitution of $396 after initially entering a not guilty plea in Carroll County District Court to an amended misdemeanor-theft charge.

According to the statement of charges, the passenger called Westminster police in July after she received a bank statement and noticed that a check for a $4 taxicab ride on May 19 had been made out for $400 and cashed June 12 at a Westminster bank. She told police she had asked Bizzarri to write the check because of her arthritis.

In September, Bizzarri transferred his license to operate in Westminster to his mother, Betty June Bizzarri, as the Westminster Common Council was preparing to look into complaints about Countywide.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 5: 21 p.m. Thursday to a fire alarm in the 500 block of Spruce Ave. Units were out 26 minutes.

Police

Westminster: An employee of Martin P. Hill Landscaping of Manchester told police that someone damaged a fence and window at company property on Windsor Drive in Westminster recently. Damage was estimated at $750.

Westminster: A resident of Hilltop Drive told police Thursday that someone broke a concrete garden seat in his yard. Damage was estimated at $300.

Pub Date: 11/24/97

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