Police blotter

April 23, 2008

Home fraudulently listed online

Someone fraudulently advertised that an Annapolis home was for rent, a new scam being used nationwide, city police said.

A resident of the 1200 block of Bay Ridge Ave. said a man came by on Thursday to ask about renting her home after seeing an ad for it on www.craigslist.com.

The resident said her home is listed for sale but not for rent, and that she never placed an ad online.

Police said the information on craigslist was copied from the multiple listing with some minor changes.

In the scam, police said, criminals post such fraudulent ads and list themselves as the owner or agent for the property. The goal is to bilk potential renters by collecting an up-front deposit to rent or view the property, and the scam is not detected until the renter contacts the unsuspecting homeowner.

The homeowners in this scam would seem to be at no risk beyond the inconvenience and disruption of having to deal with potential renters, police said.

Three men rob Hanover eatery

Three men robbed a Hanover restaurant at gunpoint, Anne Arundel County police said.

The trio, including one wielding a silver handgun, entered the Denny's at 7481 Ridge Road in Hanover at 5 a.m. Monday and took an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled on foot.

Va. man arrested after Navy game

A Virginia man was arrested after the Navy-Johns Hopkins lacrosse game after a tailgating party got too rowdy, Annapolis police said.

Fans at the game Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium called police to complain about a group throwing a bottle at a couple of bicyclists and cursing in front of children. They were told to leave the grounds.

Jeffrey Thomas Vanak, 25, of Alexandria, Va., refused and was arrested and charged with trespassing.

Masked men enter city house

Three masked men burst into an Annapolis family's home but fled when the victim demanded to see their faces, city police said.

The 27-year-old resident of the 200 block of Croll Drive was watching television with her children about 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the three men came in through the unlocked front door.

The men did not say anything. When the victim hollered at them to take their masks off, they left.

The victim then went outside to try to get a better look at them, and one pulled out a handgun. She retreated into her house and heard a single gunshot.

Edgewater man faces drug charges

An Edgewater man who told police he was leaving an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was arrested on multiple drug charges, city police said.

An officer pulled over a red Ford truck with a faulty brake light on Newtowne Drive at 10 p.m. Friday, and Robert William Richard, 37, told him that he had just come from an AA meeting and was visiting a friend. He tossed a crack pipe from his pants pocket and a bag containing 42 grams of marijuana, both of which the officer recovered.

Richard said he had hoped to exchange the marijuana for crack cocaine. He was arrested and charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

He is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

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