Police Blotter

POLICE BLOTTER

March 13, 2005

FINKSBURG

A Sony Discman and prescription medications, valued at $580, were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1900 block of Bethel Road between 8 p.m. March 2 and 11 a.m. March 3, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

TANEYTOWN

City police are seeking information about a purse-snatching that occurred about 11:40 a.m. Monday in the Taneytown Shopping Center at 500 E. Baltimore Road, in which about $260 in cash was stolen before the purse was tossed away. A woman was leaving the Family Dollar Store when a man ran up from behind. Police ask anyone with information to call 410-751-1150.

WESTMINSTER AREA

A 4-foot-tall, dark-green trash container with the number 819 painted in white was reported stolen between 4 p.m. March 6 and 7 a.m. Monday from the 800 block of Lucabaugh Mill Road, according to the sheriff's office. It was the second theft of a trash tote in the same block since January. The wheeled container, valued at $150, can hold several large trash bags and is designed to be hoisted and dumped by the arms on a trash-collection truck. "You would need a pickup truck or similar vehicle to haul one away," said Major Thomas H. Long, sheriff's spokesman.

A black-and-silver Montgomery Ward Power Craft circular saw, a red Milwaukee reciprocal saw, and a red Wards Power Craft 1/2 -inch drill were reported stolen between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. March 6 from a construction site in the 2700 block of Faithful Drive, according to the sheriff's office. The estimated value of the tools is $305.

WESTMINSTER

City police charged Shawn Patrick Sandoval, 23, of Ellicott City with shoplifting after he allegedly attempted to walk out of the Target store with a Dyson vacuum cleaner valued at $577.49 without paying for it.

A resident of a development in the 500 block of Congressional Drive told city police at 7:44 a.m. March 5 that someone had punctured the sidewalls of all four tires on a 1995 Ford Taurus in the parking lot overnight.

City police said an employee of the Sportsmen Barber Shop in the first block of West Main St. reported at 7:54 a.m. March 5 that the 80-by-80-inch front window had been broken overnight. The damage was estimated at $1,200.

A waitress at Harry's Main Street Grille on West Main Street reported to city police that she found a poorly made counterfeit $1 bill among her tip money about 1:30 p.m. March 3.

A resident of the first block of S. Bishop St. reported at 2 p.m. March 5 the theft of $96 from an unlocked 1990 Mazda sedan parked there overnight.

Damage to an office safe in the child-support office at the courthouse annex building, 55 N. Court St., was reported March 3, according to the sheriff's office, but nothing was reported missing and it was not known when the property was damaged.

A resident of the first block of Charles St. told city police that $551 was taken from her home about 1 p.m. Feb. 27. There was no sign of forced entry.

A resident of Laurier Drive told city police that $10 was stolen from a car parked at the rear of 1 East Main St. about 11 a.m. Feb. 25.

Benjamin McCracken, 20, of Woodbine Road was charged Feb. 26 with malicious destruction of property. City police said a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier had its headlights, roof and hood damaged while parked at the Crossroad Square Shopping Center at routes 140 and 97.

Kelly Faye Miller, 33, of Whispering Meadows Court was charged Feb. 25 by city police with the theft of several DVDs from the Giant Food store at Cranberry Square. The movies were placed down the front of her pants and in her purse, police said.

Ronald Spicer, 34, of Pennsylvania Avenue was arrested Feb. 25 on warrants charging him with fleeing and eluding, driving while suspended, and theft, in two incidents dating from October, city police said. Spicer was charged with shoplifting $28.98 worth of razor blades from BJ's Wholesale Club on Oct. 10, and with running away from the police after a traffic stop Oct. 17 near Route 140 and Englar Road.

WOODBINE

A car's windows were reported smashed and two metal mailboxes were destroyed March 5, according to state police at the Westminster barracks. Neighbors along Gillis Falls Road told investigators of other incidents of vandalism of mailboxes there. In the most recent incident, the windshield, all four door windows and the driver's side mirror were broken - apparently with a baseball bat - causing an estimated $700 damage to a blue 1994 Honda Accord that had been parked the evening before at the bottom of a driveway in the 1200 block of Fannie Dorsey Road. A black metal mailbox at the residence also was vandalized, as was a white one nearby in the 2100 block Gillis Falls Road.

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