Man arrested for driving van with stolen tags

July 16, 1999|By La Quinta Dixon | La Quinta Dixon,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Police have charged a 20-year-old Baltimore man with driving a vehicle with stolen license plates hours after the man's uncle had reported the van stolen from his Glen Burnie auto detailing shop.

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Baltimore police arrested Damon Burroughs in a 1994 Dodge Caravan. Police identified it as the vehicle his uncle, Ellis Burroughs, reported stolen, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Damon Burroughs was released on his own recognizance.

Ellis Burroughs reported the Caravan stolen at 2: 45 a.m. Wednesday. The van is owned by car dealer Gene Wetzel, who owns Sports and Imports of Glen Burnie and takes vehicles to be cleaned at Burroughs' shop, Autowaxing Center, in the 7600 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Ellis Burroughs told police he was called away from his shop by a 1: 15 a.m. phone call.

"Some girl called and said my wife was sick, and when I got home my wife was laying there asleep," he said. When he returned to the shop around 2: 45 a.m., he said, the van was missing.

Police traced the call to a nearby pay phone, Ellis Burroughs said.

The van's owner said the incident wouldn't stop him from doing business with Autowaxing Center. "I will continue to do business with him because of my loyalty to him as a friend," Wetzel said.

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