Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

September 13, 2006

City woman indicted on ID theft charge

A federal judge unsealed a grand jury indictment yesterday that charges a 24-year-old Baltimore woman with absconding with patients' personal information at Harbor Hospital.

The 8-count indictment accuses Nicole Jenise Stevenson - also known as Nicole Jenise Brown, Nicole Brown Stevenson, Jenise Brown, Sandy Kitorah and Kitorah Sandy - of working at Harbor Hospital in June 2005 and pulling patients' records to steal their Social Security numbers.

Authorities said Stevenson stole more than $61,000 by using someone else's identity.

She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison on the most serious charge of bank fraud.

Matthew Dolan

Bowie man admits role in series of ATM thefts

A Bowie man admitted yesterday in federal court in Baltimore that he was a member of a gang of ATM bandits who stole at least five cash machines in two states.

Eric Thomas 48, of Bowie, pleaded guilty to bank larceny and aiding and abetting bank larceny. Thomas and five other defendants were indicted on March 1 for conspiracy to commit bank larceny by stealing several automated teller machines in Prince George's County.

The loss -- the ATMs and the cash inside -- totaled $423,388. As part of his plea agreement, Thomas has agreed that the court may order restitution in that amount. His sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 1, when he could receive a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Matthew Dolan

City man gets 15 years for possession of handgun

A 27-year-old Baltimore felon who failed to convince a federal judge that he lawfully possessed a handgun for self-protection received a 15-year prison sentence yesterday.

Darius Dantoni Tanzymore was sentenced after a federal jury convicted him of being a felon in possession of a gun. Evidence presented by prosecutors at trial showed that Tanzymore was stopped in West Baltimore in December 2003 by police.

Officers said they spotted a handgun wedged between the driver's seat and the center console of the car he was driving. As an officer was searching him, Tanzymore pushed away and fled on foot, according to prosecutors.

In a statement he made later to police, Tanzymore admitted that he had a gun but argued that he needed it for protection. He had been shot once, he told police, and he believed that there were people still trying to get him.

Matthew Dolan

Security guard sentenced on gun, assault charges

An off-duty security guard who was arrested in March after he attempted to pull over a Jeep full of undercover Anne Arundel County police officers was sentenced yesterday to 6 1/2 years in prison.

The incident prompted an investigation of Karl Glenn Salenieks, 34, of Crofton, who in July pleaded guilty to pulling a gun on a man outside a grocery store.

He received the mandatory five-year sentence for possessing a gun while being a convicted felon. Salenieks will then serve an additional 18 months for his guilty plea to first-degree assault. He will not be eligible for parole for his gun-related sentence, said State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.

On the night of Feb. 19, Salenieks turned on his blue and red flashing lights and attempted to pull over the county police officers in his white Crown Victoria. Instead, they stopped him.

After searching his house, Anne Arundel County police said they found a semi-automatic handgun, a Taser, a shotgun, a handgun and two police badges.

Police also learned he had two prior criminal convictions for armed robbery in Howard County.

After he was arrested in March, police discovered Salenieks had in November pointed a gun at a man outside a Weis Market in Glen Burnie, where he was occasionally assigned by his employer, Fallsway Security. He was not on duty at the time.

Annie Linskey

Man pleads guilty to bribing UMBC construction manager

A Catonsville man accused of bribing a construction manager at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of bribery, as a fifth man was charged in the attorney general's corruption investigation into building projects at the college campus.

Joseph D. Cheek, 53, entered a guilty plea in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He was charged in July with giving a UMBC construction manager materials and labor for a new basement bathroom and heat pump at his home in exchange for steering university building projects to Cheek's former employers, Bell Mechanical Services and Banks Contracting Co. Inc., according to the state attorney general's office.

Andrew M. Reider, 47, of Perry Hall was charged yesterday with procurement fraud, felony theft and bribery, according to the attorney general's office. He is the former project manager of construction services at UMBC.

Reider is accused of participating in a four-year scheme to steal more than $137,000 from the university by submitting false and inflated invoices in exchange for bribes from various contractors, including home improvements, cell phone service, golf outings and other entertainment expenses, according to the attorney general's office.

Jennifer McMenamin

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