Police Blotter


June 04, 2008

Sweep finds many vehicle violations

When officers from the Eastern District and detectives from the auto theft unit, along with investigators from the Motor Vehicle Administration, conducted a check of vehicle violations in the Pasadena and Glen Burnie areas last month, they found numerous violations and collected tens of thousands of dollars in fees.

Police said 75 sets of Maryland plates were removed from vehicles and seized by MVA investigators during the sweeps on May 27 and 29, and that $68,246 in fees was recovered. Police also recovered a stolen plate and a stolen vehicle.

Man targets women as they leave stores

Police were investigating several reports of robberies or attempted robberies of women as they leave grocery stores, describing a man who approaches his victims from behind and tries to snatch their purses, in one case following the victim home.

The first two incidents occurred May 12, when a man tried to steal a woman's purse about 9 p.m. in the parking lot of a Safeway on Mountain Road, police said. She turned on her car alarm and scared the man off.

About 15 minutes later, near a Food Lion on Mountain Road, another woman was followed home and her purse stolen by a man who fled on foot to a dark blue car being driven by another person, police said.

A third incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. May 28 when a man tried to grab a woman's purse as she entered the Lauer's Supermarket on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. The victim held onto her purse, and the man fled.

Police said the man is described as 17 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall and, in at least one of the incidents wore a red bandana over his face.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Robert Evans at 410-222-6145,

3 men charged in theft from vehicle

Police arrested three 21-year-old men early Tuesday after responding to a report of destruction and theft from a vehicle in Laurel.

Witnesses saw several people stealing items from a vehicle at the Horizon Square Apartments in the 3500 block of Laurel-Fort Meade Road and saw them flee toward the back of the parking lot of the apartment complex.

Officers found three men on a side street behind the apartment complex and charged them with theft and malicious destruction. They were identified as Marcus D. Brown of the 14600 block of Cambridge Circle in Laurel; Duan L. West of the 5100 block of Flintridge Drive in Landover; and Calvin O. Rose of the 4500 block of Colony Drive in Alexandria, Va.

Police said several stolen items were recovered from the suspects.

Man, 27, stabbed in fight during party

A 27-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach during a fight outside a party in Lothian, Anne Arundel County police said.

Officers said the victim didn't immediately realize that he had been injured, said officers who arrived at the house on the 900 block of Fiorenza Drive about 4 a.m. Sunday.

He was flown to Prince George's County Shock Trauma, where he was listed as stable.

No arrests had been made.

2 men charged in house burglary

Two Pasadena men were charged with burglarizing a Severn man's house after he found them in the yard when he came home, Anne Arundel County police said.

The man, who lives on the 7800 block of WB&A Boulevard, said that when he came home about noon Friday, he saw the pair, who fled. Items from throughout the house had been stolen.

Police found two men matching their description a short distance away and arrested them after a brief chase.

Stephen James Chaney, 23, of the 200 block of Ullman Road and Garland Wayne Popkins Jr., 35, of the 900 block of 11th St. were charged with first-degree burglary and related offenses. The stolen property was returned to the homeowner.

2 teens charged In theft of bike

Two teenagers were charged with stealing a boy's bike and threatening him with a hammer, Anne Arundel County police said.

About 9 p.m. Thursday, the robbers told the boy that they would hit him if the didn't hand over the bike, so he complied, he told police.

Police quickly found two youths matching the victim's description and charged them as juveniles.

Woman charged with credit card theft

An employee of an assisted-living center in Arnold was charged with running up charges on an elderly patient's credit card, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim's mother told police May 19 that his 87-year-old mother's credit card had been stolen and used at area businesses. His mother was incapacitated at the time of the transactions and has since been transferred to a hospital.

Surveillance video at a store where the stolen credit card was used led to the arrest of Stella Ampong, 41, of Laurel, who worked at BayWoods of Annapolis on Bay Front Road while the victim was being cared for there. She was arrested May 26 and charged with theft.

Ampong said the victim had given her the credit card and asked her to use it to buy a box of candy on her behalf, police said. . Records of the transaction showed no purchase of candy but that numerous other items, worth about $40, had been purchased, police said.

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