Three arrested, accused of theft from 3 stores in Westminster

$1,000 worth of games, medicines, tools found

July 28, 2000

Three men were apprehended Wednesday and charged with stealing more than $1,000 worth of video games, an over-the-counter pain reliever and tools from three Westminster stores, according to court records.

Westminster police arrested Spiro Antonios Asimenios II, 36, of Essex and John Anthony O'Keefe, 34, and Joseph James Berardino, 48, both of Dundalk, and charged each of them with three counts of theft greater than $300 and three counts of conspiracy to commit a theft.

Asimenios was additionally charged with two counts of possession of suspected heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Maryland Department of Parole and Probation had an outstanding warrant for Asimenios on a charge of violating parole.

O'Keefe and Berardino were being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 and $7,500 bond, respectively.

Asimenios posted $15,000 bail Wednesday night.

The manager of Toy Works, in Cranberry Square Shopping Center, notified police by cell phone as he followed three men, who were riding in a blue 1992 Pontiac belonging to Berardino.

A police officer stopped the car soon after.

Several stolen items were recovered during a search of the vehicle, according to court records.

Fifteen Sony PlayStation games, valued at $519, were reportedly stolen from Toy Works.

More than $300 worth of razors, inhalers and pain reliever was allegedly stolen from Giant Food, as well as a grinder and a rotary hammer from Sears.

In addition, a syringe and a bottle cap containing residue suspected to be heroin were discovered in the search.

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