Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

October 06, 2006

$5,000 reward is offered in Elkridge firebombing

An Elkridge pizza shop owner and the Howard County Police Department are offering a $5,000 reward for information in a firebombing last month at the restaurant.

On Sept. 19, a surveillance camera recorded the smashing of the front glass door of Philly's Best Pizza & Subs in the 6500 block of Huntshire Drive and caught a male throwing a firebomb into the restaurant. Damage to the shop was estimated at $5,000.

A similar incident occurred at the restaurant in March 2004, when a firebomb was thrown into the restaurant and caused more than $300,000 in damage. No one was arrested in that case.

7 charged in Harford thefts

Seven adults have been charged in the theft of property from construction sites around Harford County in recent months.

The county sheriff's office received a tip about vans frequently unloading lumber and appliances in the early-morning hours at an Abingdon home. Deputies went to the Sharilyn Drive property shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday and were scrutinizing an unregistered van when another van drove onto the property.

Stolen property valued at several thousand dollars was recovered, including lumber and other building materials, appliances, tools and bathtubs.

"We are not certain that we have recovered all the stolen property, but we do have a significant quantity of it," said Robert B. Thomas Jr., sheriff's department spokesman.

The suspects' names were not released by police.

Mary Gail Hare

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