Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

May 02, 2004

Man accuses woman of stealing $20,000 worth of belongings

An Annapolis man reported the theft of $20,000 worth of belongings from his home, including a coin collection valued at $17,000, police said, and he has accused a woman from Singapore whom he met last year over the Internet.

According to a police report, Vincent David Gainer, 62, of the 800 block of Monroe St., bought a ticket for a Northwest Airlines flight so the woman could visit him for 90 days.

On the morning of Sept. 15 - two weeks after her arrival - Gainer told police that he arrived home from a class at Anne Arundel Community College to find that the woman had left and taken her belongings. Also missing from Gainer's home was the coin collection, a camera, a camcorder and a Gucci watch valued at $1,200.

After repeated attempts, Gainer reached the woman in Singapore but she would not comment on the missing items, he told police. He contacted officials at the Singapore Embassy, who reportedly told him that they would look into the matter once he reported it to local authorities.

Fire at home injures Pasadena resident, 55

A Pasadena resident was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns to his face Friday afternoon after a fire at a two-story home on Powhattan Beach Road.

Firefighters were called to the home at 12:13 p.m. by neighbors who saw large plumes of smoke coming from the house, said Division Chief John M. Sholz. The fire was contained in a rear bedroom by 27 firefighters, who extinguished the blaze in about 15 minutes, Sholz said.

Mark Calvert, 55, was treated at North Arundel Hospital. The co-owners of the home, Adam Zornak and Donald Calvert, were not injured in the blaze. Sholz said the cause of the fire, which caused about $110,000 in damage, was being investigated.

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