Suspect in Beanie Baby Internet fraud misses trial

Sykesville resident held in jail on charges of violating probation

June 04, 1999|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Sykesville man who failed to appear for trial in Carroll County on theft charges for allegedly bilking Beanie Baby customers on the Internet missed another court date yesterday because he has since been jailed in Baltimore County.

Glen H. Brown, 27, of the 5900 block of Dale Court, did not appear yesterday because he wasn't brought from the Baltimore County Detention Center, said Assistant State's Attorney Clarence W. Beall III.

The prosecutor asked Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. to rule that Brown had given up his right to a speedy trial by failing to appear in court March 15. Beall said any delay in the 180-day time limit for trial -- the so-called Hicks rule -- "has been caused by the defendant."

"We know where he is, and we know how to get him up here," Burns said, agreeing to a defense suggestion that Brown file a written admission within the next several weeks that he has no speedy-trial claim.

Defense attorney Richard M. Karceski appeared for trial March 15, but Brown failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued. Since then, Karceski said, Brown has been jailed on charges of violating probation in Baltimore County in two cases there of arson and check forgery.

Brown was charged in September with 13 counts of theft and one count each of false advertising and theft by scheme. Court documents alleged that Brown advertised the collectible stuffed animals on the Internet between February and May last year and bargained with many would-be buyers via e-mail.

Thirteen customers placed orders ranging from $120 to $400. Brown demanded a money order or cashier's check before shipping the toys, but never sent the merchandise, which totaled $2,537, according to the charges.

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