`Good police work' nabs suspect

CRIME WATCH

May 22, 2007|By RICHARD IRWIN

A resourceful Baltimore police officer equipped with a pair of a binoculars, plenty of patience and warm clothing brought about the arrest early Sunday of a man suspected of breaking into a convenience store several times since late April and stealing cartons of cigarettes.

Central District Officer Anthony Jobst, whose post includes the 7-Eleven store in the 1100 block of N. Calvert St., was tired of not being able to catch the burglar so he devised a plan, said Sgt. David Wimmer, a district shift commander.

Wimmer said that after Jobst reported for his midnight shift, he entered an apartment building across the street from the store, went onto the roof with a pair of binoculars and kept watch on the store while huddling against the chilly weather.

About 4 a.m., Wimmer said, Jobst observed a man through his field glasses using a brick in an attempt to break a pane of glass next to the front door - and failing because the owner had replaced it since the last break-in with a heavy clear plastic that resists force.

He said Jobst radioed officers on the ground, and the man was arrested while trying to flee.

Charged with Sunday's attempted burglary and five burglaries between April 28 and May 16 was Charles Carter, 44, of the 1800 block of Division St.

"It was good police work," Wimmer said.

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