Convicted burglar charged in 3 Baltimore County thefts

November 21, 1998|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A convicted burglar with a preference for sterling silver was charged yesterday in three Baltimore County thefts totaling $145,000, and he remains a suspect in a dozen robberies in the city, police said.

Blane David Nordahl, 36, of Bellmawr, N.J., was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center yesterday.

"We don't believe that there are any more cases in Baltimore County" in which Nordahl is a suspect, said Lt. Jerry Foracappo.

City police were investigating yesterday and had filed no charges in the thefts in Guilford over the summer.

Nordahl, who police said has 43 previous convictions for burglary in cases from New York to Florida, was arrested early Tuesday in a small neighborhood near Falls Road. Police had kept him under surveillance as he left his New Jersey home late Monday and drove to Baltimore, parked on Devon Hill Court near the city line and left his car.

Police staked out the car and arrested Nordahl at 5 a.m. when he returned to it. When he was arrested, he was carrying burglary tools, police said.

At the time of his arrest, Nordahl was on bail pending sentencing in New York for transporting stolen goods.

He has been convicted of burglary at the house in Hartford, Conn., where Mark Twain once lived and in cases involving socialite Ivana Trump and sportscaster Curt Gowdy.

Foracappo said yesterday that the county police investigation was continuing, including a search for the silver candelabra, utensils and serving pieces taken from three Baltimore County homes in August and this month. Nordahl is also charged in an attempted burglary in the county in August.

Pub Date: 11/21/98

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