Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

December 05, 2004

Suspect in Va. burglaries looked at for Md. incidents

Anne Arundel police said yesterday that they are looking into whether a Gaithersburg man caught Nov. 30 breaking into a Northern Virginia dry cleaners may be the same man responsible for six similar rooftop burglaries that began in the county nearly two months ago.

Steven W. Tipton, 33, has been identified as a suspect in the string of incidents in Crofton, Odenton and Glen Burnie, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas. Tipton has not been charged in connection with any of those burglaries, Urbas said.

The Anne Arundel break-ins began Oct. 11, when a burglar slipped into the ventilation shaft of a Dry Cleaning Express on Route 3 South in Crofton.

Police have responded to five other burglaries at various area dry cleaners, all of which involved a suspect who climbed onto the roof and slid down the stores' ventilation shafts. The most recent incident took place Nov. 25 in Glen Burnie.

Glen Burnie woman cited for having 12 cats in home

Anne Arundel County Animal Control has cited a Glen Burnie woman for having too many cats in her Snowdon Lane home, agency officials said.

The woman, who authorities declined to identify, owns 12 felines but has not been issued a "cat fancier's" license that would allow her to keep more than nine of the animals, said animal control Director Tahira S. Thomas.

Officers who visited the home last week told the woman that she must apply for the license or give away three of her pets, Thomas said.

The woman, who also owns four dogs and four ferrets, violated sanitary guidelines, authorities said.

Thomas said the animals appear to be healthy, and that officers will visit the home tomorrow to ensure that the problems have been resolved.

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