Trail of tell-tale Easter candies leads to three arrests

April 26, 2000

A bag of jelly beans and a distinctive chocolate lollipop led to the arrest of two men and a juvenile late Monday in Westminster.

They were accused of stealing the candy and other items from a vehicle parked in the Middle Brook development at the south end of town. The items were reported stolen about 10: 50 p.m. A witness told police that three youths entered the car, then left in a light-colored Chevrolet Cavalier.

Some of the items were found along the road, including a purse and cosmetics. Minutes later, an officer saw the Cavalier turn onto South Center Street and stopped it. Inside, they found the missing jelly beans and a chocolate lollipop in the shape of a lacrosse stick.

Police arrested the driver, Michael G. Bilbo, 21, of Reisterstown and his passengers, Justin R. Calderon, 18, of the 700 block of Friendship Road in Westminster, and a Westminster juvenile, 17.

Bilbo was freed on a $1,500 unsecured bond after being charged on counts of theft, conspiracy to commit theft, entering a vehicle with malicious intent and consuming alcohol while driving. Calderon was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond after being charged on counts of theft, conspiracy to commit theft and entering a vehicle with malicious intent. The juvenile, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was arrested, charged and released pending further action by juvenile authorities.

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