Ellicott City woman helps catch suspects

July 01, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Howard County police arrested two Baltimore men after a woman arrived home from a sightseeing trip and surprised intruders at her Ellicott City home Monday night.

Howard County police credited Carol Rudisill's quick thinking -- she noted the license tags of the alleged thieves' car and called authorities on her cell phone -- with helping police in their search for the suspects.

"I actually feel pretty stupid about it now," said Rudisill, 42, a vice president of product development for the Washington Post newspaper's new media division, interviewed yesterday. "I hope would have presence of mind not to confront the guys again."

Rudisill said she pulled into her driveway in the 3800 block of Folly Quarter Road about 7: 50 p.m. with her 12-year-old nephew and a 32-year-old friend. She then noticed a parked car with its engine running in her driveway.

After blocking the aging sedan, Rudisill said, she got out and questioned the driver about what he was doing. Rudisill said he told her a co-worker was out back making estimates for "tree work."

Rudisill said she leaned into her car and told her nephew to jot down the license plate number. Suddenly, the man drove over a small embankment and onto the road, Rudisill said. She then called police.

Seconds later, another man ran out the front door carrying compact discs and other items before fleeing into nearby woods.

Police said the intruders entered the home through an 8-by-12-inch pet door.

Pfc. Steven Stanton stopped a car on U.S. 40 near Route 144 that matched Rudisill's description, police said. The other suspect was tracked down three miles away in the bed of a dump truck, police said.

Charged with first-degree burglary are Richard P. Wehrly, 34, and Edwin P. Beyer, 33.

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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