Man, 35, is arrested in underwear theft at Annapolis mall

September 03, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday after a panty raid at a lingerie store in an Annapolis mall, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police said two Victoria's Secret employees at Westfield Shoppingtown Annapolis saw a man grabbing handfuls of underwear from the store's display tables about 5 p.m., stuffing 145 panties into an oversized shopping bag.

The two security guards confronted the man, who struggled with them outside the storefront. County police were called and arrested the man, who was also carrying a hypodermic syringe and a plastic bottle cap with an unidentified substance in it, said police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan.

Ricardo Langford III, 35, was charged with felony theft, two counts of assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the county detention center.

The underwear - worth more than $1,100 - was returned to the store, police said.

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