Police Digest

POLICE DIGEST

December 07, 2007

Annapolis

Man faces theft, drug charges

A Glen Burnie man was arrested on theft and drug charges after a police officer found him in the bathroom of an Annapolis store with a $700 fishing reel stuffed into his pants, city police said yesterday.

An employee of the West Marine store in the Hillsmere Shopping Center flagged down a patrolling officer around 2:45 p.m. Monday to report two suspicious men in a Jeep in the parking lot.

Police determined that the Jeep had been stolen from Baltimore, and that the men had gone into the store.

Timothy Hamilton, 37, of Furnace Branch Road, had locked himself in the restroom, where the officer found him with the fishing reel in his pants, police said. He was charged with theft and possession of drug paraphernalia after the officer found a glass drug-smoking pipe under the seat of the Jeep he had been driving, police said.

The passenger, Randy ColeMan, 30, of Jackson Street in Baltimore, was charged with possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Police had been called to the scene 10 minutes earlier, when an employee of CVS at the same plaza reported that he had chased out a man who was shoving merchandise down his sweat pants. He dropped $236 worth of soaps and deodorants as he fled. The two incidents were not related, police said.

Coat, `grills' stolen from apartment

Someone broke into an Annapolis apartment and stole a winter coat and a set of gold fronts for teeth, city police said.

The North Face jacket taken from a unit on Obery Court between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 was valued at $700, police said.

The gold fronts, known as "grills," were worth $727, police said, and had been custom-fit to the owner's teeth.

Arnold

Attacker steals woman's purse

An Arnold woman said she was attacked by a man who stole her purse, Anne Arundel County police said.

The 50-year-old victim said she was unloading groceries in her driveway on Blakiston Court around 10 p.m. Wednesday when the man approached her and asked her for money for cigarettes.

When she refused, the man forcefully attempted to yank her purse from her. She fell to the ground, and the two began to struggle. He wrested control of the purse and fled in a dark-colored pickup truck, police said.

The victim was not injured. The amount of money in her purse was not disclosed.

Police described the man as white, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 260 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes and wearing a navy blue hooded sweat shirt and sweat pants.

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