Police Blotter

Police Blotter

April 24, 2005|By Sheridan Lyons


House destroyed: A mobile home in the 1300 block of S. Keysville Road was destroyed Tuesday by a fire in the living room, which state fire marshal's investigators attributed to smoking. There were no injuries to the five people at the 14-by-70-foot home. Loss was estimated at $14,000.


Arson: State fire marshal's investigators have determined that a fire April 15 was intentionally set. A 42-year-old woman was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with smoke inhalation and minor contusions, which were not life-threatening, said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Allen R. Gosnell. The woman's 4-year-old son was asleep when fire in the split-level home in the 1000 block of Johnsville Road was reported about 5:40 p.m., according to Gosnell and the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department, whose firefighters had it under control in 15 minutes. Damage to the frame house was estimated at $100,000, Gosnell said. He did not say how the fire was set.

Shoplifting: A 34-year-old Ellicott City man was arrested about 3:30 p.m. April 11 after he walked out of Kohl's department store in the 14300 block of Londontown Blvd. with a $300 KitchenAid mixer, state police said. A store official caught the suspected shoplifter in front of Liberty High School.

Theft: A greeter at the Eldersburg Wal-Mart heard an alarm at 4 p.m. April 7 and saw a man walk out with a box on the bottom of a shopping cart and get into a white Chevrolet Lumina driven by another man in front of the store in the 1300 block of Liberty Road, state police said. An $88 Bissell bagless vacuum cleaner was reported missing.

Vandalism: Vandals used white chalk and black spray paint to put graffiti, including two names and telephone numbers, on the outside wall of a doctor's office in the 1600 block of Liberty Road between 7 p.m. April 6 and 8:13 a.m. April 7, state police said. The office has reported problems in the past with youths on dirt bikes in an adjacent vacant lot.


Vandalism: About $500 in damage was reported Tuesday to an outdoor light at a home in the 1500 block of Pilgrim Lane, the county sheriff's office said.

Vandalism: Someone did about $50 in damage to the turf at the first green of the Francis Scott Key Golf Course, in the 1900 block of River Downs Road, according to an April 15 report to the sheriff's office.

Vandalism: A school custodian discovered about $250 in damage to a pump house and PTA storage shed at Sandymount Elementary School in the 2200 block of Old Westminster Pike about 5 a.m. Monday, according to Trooper David M. Keller. Someone appeared to have used a shovel, hammer and bolt cutters, first to try to dig up some sign posts, then to attack a 10-gallon helium gas tank, a lock, a door knob to a pump house, a remote thermostat outside the principal's window and an electric-eye fixture outside the fifth-grade hallway door.

Theft: A leather pouched tool belt and tools valued at $185 were stolen between 9 p.m. April 6 and 3:30 p.m. April 7 from a toolbox in a Ford F-150 truck parked at a residence in the 3000 block of Old Gamber Road, state police said. The items included hand tongs, a 25-foot Stanley tape measure, red right-handed and green left-handed tinsnips and a blue Eastwing framing hammer.


Fire damage: A fire on the deck of a home in the 4300 block of Simpers Drive Wednesday spread to the interior of the two-story, wood-frame house, causing about $150,000 damage, said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Allen R. Gosnell. Firefighters from Lineboro, Manchester, Hampstead, York and Baltimore County spent about three hours at the blaze that began about 1:30 p.m. The cause was under investigation.

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Explosive device: The state fire marshal's office is seeking information about someone who planted an improvised explosive device on a utility pole in the 6800 block of Watersville Road. No damage was reported.

Theft: Fishing equipment valued at more than $500 was reported stolen from a vehicle Monday, according to the sheriff's office. The theft occurred between April 13 and Monday, either outside a home on Walston Road or at the Carroll Community College parking lot.

Theft: A woman in a blue Ford Mustang GT stole $49 from a 17-year-old Cooksville resident about 5 p.m. April 14 in the Safeway parking lot in the 400 block of E. Ridgeville Blvd., state police said. The woman asked for change for a $50 bill - then handed the youth $1, pushed his arm away and sped off.

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