State police crack 25 cases of mail theft Card call to adult line leads to teen's arrest

October 13, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A stolen credit card that was used to call an adult entertainment line in California helped state police crack about 25 cases of mail theft in the Hampstead area, authorities said.

A 16-year-old boy from Hampstead was arrested Sunday on 45 counts of theft under $300, 41 counts of unlawful letter opening, DTC one count of credit card theft, four counts of credit card fraud and theft conspiracy involving two others -- a 17-year-old Hampstead boy and an 18-year-old Manchester man.

The 16-year-old was not named and the two older suspects have not been charged, said Tfc. Chris Hannon of the state police barracks in Westminster.

The 18-year-old was 17 when he and the other suspects allegedly stole mail from the Hampstead area and broke into the concession stand and press box at North Carroll High School on Hampstead-New Mexico Road on Sept. 19 and 20, Hannon said.

An electronic keyboard, a microphone and fire extinguisher allegedly stolen from the high school were recovered, Hannon said.

After receiving information from officials at the adult service in California and from security officers at the mall in Owings Mills, where the suspects allegedly had shopped with the stolen credit card, Hannon confronted them.

Based on information from the suspects, much of the mail was recovered, Hannon said. It had been discarded over an embankment along Route 482.

The 16-year-old boy was released to the custody of his parents, pending further investigation by juvenile services, Hannon said.

The other suspects will be charged as juveniles, as soon as paperwork is completed, he said.

Pub Date: 10/13/98

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