Man, 18, charged in four burglaries

January 11, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

County police charged a man Thursday in four burglaries in Linthicum, including one at the home of his parents.

Joseph Edward Johnston, 18, who has no fixed address, was charged with four counts of breaking and entering and one count of auto theft. Police said they were searching for a suspect near a home in the 700 block of Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum about 11: 30 a.m. Thursday when they spotted someone running through yards several houses away.

When officers approached the home, they saw a rear window open, with scuff marks on the sill, police said. After calling for backup, police said, the officers went into the house, where they found a man hiding in the attic. Police said they called the home's owners at work and were told they had not given the man permission to go into the house.

Officers later found a pickup truck nearby that had been stolen.

County police, armed with a warrant, searched a Glen Burnie travel agency Thursday and seized records after people complained that trips that were not booked had been charged to their credit card accounts.

Police took the records from Kokkomo Travel Inc., 9 Vernon Ave., but have not charged anyone. They said their investigation will focus on whether the agency failed to book travel arrangements for customers they had billed, police said.

Police are recommending that anyone who has made reservations through the company call hotels, airlines and cruise lines directly to confirm their plans.

Anyone with information should call Detective Steve Dunn at (410) 222-6135.

Teen-ager arrives home from school, finds burglar

A Glen Burnie teen-ager arrived home from school Thursday afternoon to find a burglar climbing out of his shattered bedroom window, county police said.

The youth arrived at his apartment in the 7800 block of Tall Pines Court just after 2 p.m., walked into his bedroom and saw a man climbing out the window, police said. The youth crawled out after the man, chasing him into the front yard, where the man dropped several items that belonged to the teen-ager's family, police said.

After a few yards, the man stopped, turned around and lifted his shirt, exposing what appeared to be a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants, and the youth stopped his pursuit, police said.

The man ran away, heading toward Elvaton Road, police said.

A man walked into a Severna Park bank Thursday afternoon, demanded money and walked out with an undisclosed sum, county police said.

It was the second bank robbery in the county this year.

Police said a man approached a teller at First National Bank in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 10 a.m. and handed her a note instructing her to hand over the money from her cash drawer. The man did not show her a weapon, and she did not see one, police said.

The teller gave the man money, and he ran out the back entrance, heading west toward Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, police said.

Pub Date: 1/11/98

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