Plainclothes police aim to curb crime

December 11, 1997

State troopers and county sheriff's deputies are patrolling Carroll County shopping centers in plain clothes and uniform, aiming to curb robberies, auto theft and shoplifting, a spokesman for both agencies said yesterday.

Sheriff John Brown and Lt. Leonard Armstrong, commander at the Westminster state police barracks, organized the joint effort that will have deputies and state police riding in marked patrol cars or walking foot patrols at the county's most congested shopping areas along Route 140 in Westminster, Route 26 in Eldersburg and Route 30 in Hampstead.

Some will be posing as shoppers, said 1st Sgt. Andrew Mays.

Fires

Reese: Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 4: 42 a.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of Industrial Park Drive. Units were out 32 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 3: p.m. Tuesday, responding to a ruptured natural gas line on Montpelier Court off Liberty Street. Units were out 12 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 1: 55 a.m. yesterday to a DTC fire alarm in the 700 block of Corporate Center Drive. Units were out 31 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Old Fridinger Mill Road told police that someone kicked in his front door, ransacked rooms and stole a videocassette recorder and money between 11: 10 a.m. and 1: 10 p.m. Friday. The loss was estimated at $758.

Westminster: A resident of West George Street reported that someone scratched his vehicle while it was parked at Cranberry Mall. Damage was estimated at $100.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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