Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

April 15, 2009

Two indicted in theft of stamps for resale

Two men were indicted Tuesday in a scheme to steal more than a half-million dollars' worth of postage stamps and sell them at a discount, sometimes on eBay, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. According to the indictment, Marvin Lamont Foster, a 54-year-old window clerk at the Elkridge post office, stole nearly $683,000 worth of stamps from June 2008 through last month and passed them to others to sell. Kyle Mathias, 23, of Joppa is accused of setting up an eBay account to sell the stamps. The men could face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison if convicted. "Anyone who buys stamps at a discount should be on notice of the risk that they are purchasing stolen property," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Tricia Bishop

Sting operation nets 25 drug arrests

Annapolis police have arrested 25 suspected drug dealers after a three-month undercover sting operation. Annapolis and Anne Arundel County police officers bought crack cocaine and heroin worth $6,000 in a series of undercover transactions, said Annapolis police spokeswoman Jane Schlegel. Police expect to make more arrests as a result of "Operation Crack Down," Schlegel said.

Man, 32, charged in bank robbery

Westminster police said Tuesday that a man has been arrested and charged in the armed robbery of the BB&T bank branch on East Main Street on March 23. Samuel Leroy Graffious, 32, of Glen Burnie was arrested at his home Monday, his birthday. He was charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft, second-degree assault, conspiracy and accessory, police said. The investigation is continuing into possible additional suspects in the incident.

Joe Burris

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