Five men arrested after theft of guns from store, chase

Burglars enter business through smashed wall, take shotguns, rifles

September 18, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Five men were in custody yesterday after an early-morning burglary in which they are accused of stealing shotguns and rifles from a sporting goods store in Lothian after smashing through the wall of an adjoining business, then leading police on a chase that ended in Prince George's County.

Burglars broke into DP's deli in the 5400 block of Southern Maryland Blvd. and burst through the wall separating the business from C & EJ's Sporting Goods, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

After taking several guns, they sped away in a stolen minivan about 3 a.m., police said. The minivan, parked behind the businesses with its lights off, drew the attention of Officer Don Ward, who had been making checks in the area.

Ward and other officers chased the van into Prince George's County, where it hit a curb and was disabled, police said.

Anne Arundel officers arrested the driver, and a Prince George's County officer arrested a passenger shortly after the accident.

Two shotguns were recovered from the van, police said.

Arrested at the scene were Ronald Parham, 22, of Hyattsville and Vernis Lee Winfield III, 19, of Capitol Heights. They were charged with two counts each of second-degree burglary and theft over $500 and one count each of destruction of property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Arrested later near the scene of the break-in were Gary Love, 26, of Brentwood; Robert Bias 20, of Suitland; and Dillian Tucker, 24, of Capitol Heights. They face the same charges as Parham and Winfield.

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