Teen joyride leaves trail of destruction

Youth is accused in auto theft, break-ins

June 10, 2000|By Dan Thanh Dang and Mike Farabaugh | Dan Thanh Dang and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 15-year-old boy's eight-hour joyride in his parents' Honda ended yesterday morning after a wild spree that extended across three counties and included break-ins at several houses, theft of a Mercedes Benz and car accidents, police said.

The youth, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, was arrested about 8:30 a.m. in a Reisterstown home after neighborhood residents called 911 to report break-ins, Baltimore County police said.

Maryland State Police said no alcohol was evident, but the youth said he had used Ecstasy, a stimulant and hallucinogen.

Police were still trying to piece together the complete route taken by the teen yesterday, but it is known that his adventures began about 12:30 a.m. in Ellicott City.

The teen used his parents' yellow 1990 Honda to pick up several friends, police said. At some point, he began taking the friends home - going as far as Towson - until he headed for Ellicott City about 5:30 a.m. and got lost on Interstate 795, said Trooper Kurt Dominick of the Westminster barracks.

Police said the teen left a trail of destruction as he drove into fences and crashed into trees and other roadside obstacles. The front bumper of a Honda was recovered at 610 Westminster Pike, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.

About 7:30 a.m., police were called about a car that had struck some trees in the Finksburg area of Carroll County and was abandoned in the 2500 block of Hollingsworth Road, Dominick said.

After knocking on the door of a residence, the driver ran through some woods, then broke into a nearby home. He stole keys to a 1996 Mercedes parked in the attached garage and drove it through the closed garage doors to make his getaway, Dominick said.

A short time later, Warehime said, witnesses called to report that a Mercedes had spun out of control near Nicodemus Road and Franklin Boulevard in Reisterstown. A male was seen running from the scene.

Police said a teen tried to break into several houses or walked into ones with open doors. He repeatedly asked to use the telephone before running away.

Lana Horichs, 50, of the 900 block of Berrymans Lane, said she fled after a "dazed" youth knocked on the door of her farmhouse, then broke a window.

Connie Benton, 62, of the 600 block of Sungold Road, was on the phone when she saw a youth in a red shirt pounding on her front glass door with what looked like a lacrosse stick. It was a shovel, police said.

"It was broad daylight. Anybody could have seen him," said Benton. Police, who arrived within minutes, found a youth in a house in the first block of Black Forest Road, near Benton's house. A police dog caught a teen-ager who had smashed a door to get inside, Warehime said.

Jerry and Janet Krupey, the owners, were not home at the time.

Police said a teen was charged in Baltimore and Carroll counties with auto theft, breaking and entering, malicious destruction and many traffic offenses. He was being held at a juvenile detention center until a hearing Monday before the Carroll County juvenile master.

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