Man cases jeweler, steals $20,000 ring


February 03, 2007

Baltimore County police are searching for a man accused of stealing a diamond ring valued at $20,000 from a Parkville jewelry store, authorities said yesterday.

At 6 p.m. Jan. 11, a man entered Charles Nusinov & Sons Jewelers in the 8700 block of Satyr Hill Road and asked to view the $20,000 ring, county police said. The man had entered the store the previous day, expressing interest in jewelry, a police report shows.

Soon after the man was handed the ring, police said he fled the store. A video camera caught footage of the suspect prior to the theft. Store officials also said the same man came into the store on Jan. 10.

The stolen ring has an 18-carat yellow gold band with a 2.74 carat round diamond at the center mounting, with multiple diamonds around the band, police said.

The suspect was described as between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build and short blond hair. The man wore casual clothes during the theft, police said.

Sydney Nusinov, the store's vice president, said the store would install more security cameras and that future shoppers eyeing high-priced jewelry would have to provide identification.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or detectives at the Parkville precinct at 410-887-5310.

Nick Shields

Tax refund scheme

Man admits getting $80,000 in checks

A 47-year-old Perry Hall man has been convicted of tax crimes for fraudulently receiving nearly $80,000 in state refund checks over three years, according to the Maryland attorney general's office.

John T. Chalk Jr. of the first block of Durness Court pleaded guilty this week in Baltimore County Circuit Court to one count each of theft, fraud and willfully filing a false tax return, court records show. Prosecutors dismissed 30 other counts that had been filed against him.

Chalk admitted to using false names and Social Security numbers to obtain nine of the 12 fraudulent tax refunds, according to the attorney general's office. He received $78,086 in state tax refunds between 2002 and 2005.

Chalk is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Jennifer McMenamin


Council members to speak

Three Baltimore County Council members will speak about priority projects during the Thursday meeting of the Greater Parkville Community Council.

Council members Joseph Bartenfelder, Vincent J. Gardina and T. Bryan McIntire will also discuss community concerns, such as local community plans, traffic problems, infill development, preservation of the Historic Parkville Volunteer Firehouse, and improvements to recreational facilities and the landscaping along local roads.

The 7 p.m. meeting, open to the public, will be held at the Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, Parkville. Information: 410-668-2580.


Trustees meet in Essex

The Board of Trustees for the Community College of Baltimore County will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will be held in the Lecture Hall, Room 137, of the Administration Building at the college's Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

The agenda will be posted outside the room one hour before the meeting. Anyone who wants to address the board should sign in to speak by 7:15 p.m. Public comments are limited to two minutes.

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