Police Blotter


April 17, 2005


Recovered: A resident of the 300 block of Gibbons Road found a U-Haul tow dolly left in a driveway April 14, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Reported stolen in Baltimore County on Feb. 18, the device - also known as a vehicle skid - hooks to the back of the rental truck to secure the front wheels of a passenger vehicle for towing.

Arson: A Molotov cocktail ignited about one-tenth of an acre of pine trees April 10 in the 200 block of Old Liberty Road, according to the state fire marshal's office. A passer-by reported the blaze in the wooded area about 4:30 p.m., and it was brought under control in 15 minutes by the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department.


Shoplifting: A shift supervisor at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 3000 block of Gamber Road reported the theft of 34 packages of Claritin and Alavert about 5:30 p.m. April 10. The worker told Trooper Deborah L. Zittel that a man filled a basket with the over-the-counter drugs - all valued at $732.66 - and got into a waiting dark blue Toyota with a West Virginia tag ending in D319, with its first two characters covered by white plastic or cloth.


Theft: An unregistered 1952 green Jeep was reported stolen April 9 from a wooded area by a home in the 3300 block of Nicholson Road, state police said. The vehicle was last registered in 1963 and last seen March 20. The owner said she was not concerned about its value but about the trespassers.

Mount Airy

Theft: A $3,500 Exmark 60-inch lawn mower with a grass bagger was reported stolen from the front yard of a home in the 4700 block of Ridge Road, where it had been placed with another mower for sale about 5:30 a.m. April 12, state police said. The homeowner, who had placed them there for a friend, found one mower missing at 6:45 a.m., he told Trooper Warner W. Shingleton Jr.


Theft: A German shepherd puppy valued at $2,500 was stolen from a kennel in the 2900 block of West Old Liberty Road on April 3, after several prospective buyers left the business, according to Trooper Anthony D. Riley.


Sex offenders: State police charged two sex offenders with failing to register a change of address with the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. They were located with help from authorities in Florida and Georgia, said Sgt. Douglas W. Reitz of the criminal investigation section. Charged with misdemeanors, punishable by up to three years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine were: Michael Stephen Sprinkel Jr., 27, whose last address was on South Church Street in Westminster; and Bridgette Nicole Mellema, 22, of the 1400 block of Marble Quarry Road, Union Bridge.

Attempted break-in: An employee of the Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon in the Crossroad Square Shopping Center reported April 12 that someone had tried to pry open the front doors, Westminster police said.

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