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CRIME WATCH

November 22, 2008

Man described as career criminal gets 20-year federal prison term

Garfield Redd, a career criminal with five previous state convictions - four of them for assault - was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison yesterday for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. "A violent offender who has five prior convictions does not belong on the streets of Baltimore," Theresa R. Stoop, special agent in charge of the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said in a statement. "We hope this sentencing sends a message to potential offenders that we will continue to target the 'worst of the worst' in Baltimore, and we will work to send these armed career criminals to jail for a very long time." According to testimony given during Redd's three-day trial, police spotted him in West Baltimore in October 2006 with a gun, which he tried to conceal under a car in the 500 block of Gold St. The gun was recovered, and Redd was arrested.

Tricia Bishop

Four Howard County youths charged in Woodbine garage fire

Four western Howard County youths have been charged with arson and burglary in the Sunday fire that destroyed much of a vacant wooden former garage building in the village of Daisy in Woodbine. Alarms sounded at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the old building at the intersection of Daisy and Union Chapel roads. As units from Howard, Montgomery and Carroll counties battled the blaze, one Montgomery firefighter was slightly injured when he twisted a knee, according to Bill Mould, a spokesman for the Howard County fire department. The building belongs to the Durbin Transportation Company, said Cpl. Jennifer Reidy-Hall, a police spokeswoman. In years past, it was used to store large charter buses, Mould said. The four boys, ages 12 to 15, were charged as juveniles Thursday with arson, burglary and related offenses. The boys were later released to their parents. The Baltim ore Sun does not generally named juveniles accused of crimes.

Middle River man convicted in $400,000 Ikea theft scheme

A 25-year-old Middle River man who handled customer complaints and returns for Ikea has been convicted of a theft scheme in which he stole nearly $400,000 from the Swedish furniture company. Suraj S. Samaroo pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of felony theft scheme, according to Baltimore County prosecutor Adam Lippe. The prosecutor will ask that he be sentenced to 15 years in prison, with five years of that term suspended and five years of supervised probation to serve upon his release. Samaroo admitted that he used the records of legitimate purchases from Ikea customers to issue unauthorized refunds to himself for merchandise that customers never returned. Samaroo worked at an Ikea call center in White Marsh. The yearlong scheme came to an end when Samaroo's bank noticed the unusual series of deposits and filed a report of suspicious activity with police, which is required for any transfer of more than $10,000. The total loss to Ikea was $398,307, the prosecutor said.

Jennifer McMenamin

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