Arundel police arrest suspects in string of burglaries

May 24, 2002|By Rona Kobell | Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF

Four suspects wanted in connection with a string of burglaries in Anne Arundel and Howard counties were arrested yesterday at a Pasadena storage facility as they unloaded two carloads of stolen guns, police said.

Authorities in both counties had been investigating the men for some time, and Anne Arundel authorities were able to make the arrests after Howard police called yesterday moments after another burglary occurred and provided a tag number for the suspects' car.

Officers from Anne Arundel's Northern District spotted the car about 3 p.m. in Brooklyn and followed it to Fort Smallwood Mini Storage in 7900 block of Fort Smallwood Road. There they arrested the suspects and seized 28 guns, suspected crack cocaine packaged in 12 small plastic bags, and $1,500, said Officer Charles Ravenell, an Anne Arundel police spokesman.

The drugs and cash were found on one of the men, Ravenell said.

Police also reported seizing two cars at the scene - a 1991 Ford Mustang and a Toyota 4-Runner that had been reported stolen a month ago.

The suspects were in police custody last night, but their names were being withheld pending charges.

Howard County officials estimated that more than 100 guns were stolen in the recent burglaries, and Anne Arundel County police will be looking for more guns and merchandise as the investigation continues, Ravenell said.

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