Five teen-agers arrested in three burglaries

3 homes in 2 communities in Westminster robbed in daytime, evening


A Westminster man and four male juveniles were arrested on burglary and theft charges late Tuesday in connection with three recent daytime and evening break-ins in the Whispering Meadows and The Greens of Westminster communities, police said yesterday.

Mark David Tipton, 18, of the 700 block of Crows Court was held on $20,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center after being charged on three counts each of first-degree burglary, theft over $300 and malicious destruction of property, court documents showed.

Two 14-year-old boys, one 15-year-old and one 17-year-old were turned over to the custody of their parents, pending further action by juvenile authorities.

The break-ins occurred on Buck Cash Drive, Meadow Branch Road and Greengate Court between April 26 and May 3, police said in charging documents.

Tipton was being questioned in an unrelated case Tuesday, when detectives noted he fit the description given by a woman who returned to her residence April 28 and saw a man leaving the house.

After discovering a revolver and gold necklace were missing from her bedroom, she called police, setting off a three-hour ground and air search of the area that proved unsuccessful.

Additional stolen items in the three burglaries included money, a guitar and case, a videocassette recorder and a gold tennis bracelet, police said.

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