Crime Watch


August 24, 2006

Gwynn Oak man, 26, charged in BWI thefts Maryland Transportation Authority police have arrested a Gwynn Oak man who they said stole electronic gear from 16 unlocked vehicles parked at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport over the past two months.

Gregory Edmund Ballard, 26, was charged with multiple counts of theft and theft scheme, MdTA police said. He was being held yesterday at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, according to MdTA police.

Officers arrested a man in the airport's daily parking garage at 10:25 a.m. Monday. Police said the man told them he stole items from 16 vehicles and stashed the loot in the garage's fourth-floor stairwell. After searching that area, police said, officers found a Sony PlayStation, other electronic games and a pair of sunglasses.

Police said the man also told them that he was storing more stolen goods at his house. Police searched a Baltimore County home and said they found two Dell laptop computers, one IBM computer, Nintendo game systems, 305 digital video discs, 90 PlayStation II games, 61 PlayStation portable movies and a portable television.

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Aiding fugitive draws term

A Randallstown man who admitted harboring a fugitive featured on the television program America's Most Wanted was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 33 months in prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Marc Munford, 38, pleaded guilty in January to helping Kendall Charles Alexander Sr., who twice robbed a Wachovia Bank on Northern Parkway. In one of those robberies, Alexander worked with his son, Kendall Charles Alexander Jr., according to federal prosecutors. Father and son have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 27 years and 10 years in prison, respectively.

Federal prosecutors said that Munford helped rent a Baltimore hotel room for the elder Alexander after the case was featured on the television show, trying to help the man evade arrest. After prison, Munford will serve three years of supervised release, prosecutors said.

Bank-robberies sentencing

A Prince George's County man was sentenced yesterday to more than seven years in federal prison for seven armed bank robberies in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

James C. Davis, 46, of Mount Rainier had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to stealing almost $28,000 during the seven robberies between April 11, 2003, and July 28 last year, federal prosecutors said. In his plea, Davis admitted to using a gun in each holdup - one time holding a gun to a bank teller's head and another time holding a gun to the side of a customer.

Davis was tracked down after the robbery of Suburban Federal Savings Bank on Ritchie Highway in Arnold, according to prosecutors, after his clothing was stained by an exploding dye pack, and he was subsequently identified from an array of photos.

His 87-month prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

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