Car theft ring stopped in Columbia

Police charge six people

August 17, 2010|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

A group of six people has been charged with stealing five vehicles in Columbia between June 21 and Aug. 1. Five of those facing vehicle theft and related charges live in the town, while the sixth person is from Baltimore. All the vehicles were recovered by police, who tied the suspects to the vehicles both from items left in them and from property stolen and later pawned.

Howard County police said they got a break after the second theft, in which a 1997 Dodge Caravan was stolen from the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court on June 21. A patrol officer tried to stop the van but the driver sped off, eventually crashing into a tree on a ramp from Route 29 onto Route 175. The driver and passenger fled on foot but were arrested later police said.

Charged are Joseph Brandon Davis, 21, of the 600 block Charraway Road in Baltimore, and from Columbia were Stephen Charles Diggs, 19, of the 5900 block Mill Race Court, Ashley Nicole Collins, 18, of 6516 Overheart Lane, Andy Lymonne Connely, 18, of the 5700 block Stevens Forest Road, and Diangelo Wayne Smith, 19 of the 6300 block Red Haven Road. Police are still seeking Heather Gwen Ladd, 31, of the 300 block South Smallwood Street in Baltimore. Diggs and Davis are charged with fleeing police in the chase incident.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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