Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

April 06, 2006

2 students arrested on marijuana counts

Two students at North Carroll High School in Hampstead were arrested on marijuana possession charges after other students alerted staff members about the drugs, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said yesterday.

A 16-year-old Manchester boy and a 17-year-old Hampstead boy each were charged Tuesday with possession of marijuana, the sheriff's office said.

One student, who was found with drug paraphernalia and marijuana, pointed officers to the second student, Maj. Thomas H. Long said.

The two were taken into custody and later released to their parents, Long said.

Gina Davis

Rapist's cap is described

State police have released the description of a baseball cap they say was worn by a man who raped a 36-year-old Bel Air woman early Sunday morning.

Police said the man broke into the woman's home in the 1600 block of Bramble Court through a back door about 5 a.m. Sunday and sexually assaulted her.

The assailant, described as a white male in his 30s, was wearing khaki shorts, a T-shirt and the baseball cap. The victim told authorities the hat was tan with a circular logo of the Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla., police said yesterday.

Because of the hat's unique description, police believe someone may have seen the assailant wearing the hat before or after the crime occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-637-7274.

Justin Fenton

Jewelry stolen from store

Howard County police are seeking information about a robbery at the Lord & Taylor store Tuesday at The Mall in Columbia in a which a man stole two pieces of jewelry worth more than $10,000. Surveillance cameras recorded the man in the department store about 5:30 p.m. He implied to a salesperson that he had a gun and demanded to see the two items, which police would not identify. He left the store on the street level, and police believe he fled in an older model, two-tone van with burgundy on top and white on the bottom. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3200.

Melissa Harris

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