Man charged in theft of vehicle and $6,000 in hunting rifles in Eldersburg

Sheriff's Office says thefts occurred from unlocked vehicles

November 30, 2012|Staff Reports

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said Friday that a 21-year-old Marriottsville man was arrested and charged for the theft of a Toyota RAV 4 and some $6,000 of hunting rifles and hunting equipment from unlocked vehicles at a condominium complex in Eldersburg.

According to reports, just after 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, sheriff’s deputies responded to Rudy-Serra Drive, south of Liberty Road, for a call from a resident reporting the theft of his Toyota RAV 4, which was left in the parking lot unlocked with the keys inside.

Shortly afterward, a second call was received reporting the theft of hunting rifles and equipment.  At least 12 other vehicles were entered and rummaged through overnight, officers said.

Deputies said that as they responded, they saw the vehicle traveling along Rudy-Serra Drive and stopped it.

According to the reports, the lone occupant appeared intoxicated. He was taken into custody. Allen James Harmer, 21, of Marriottsville was arrested and charged with auto theft, theft, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license. Additional charges are pending.

The rifles and hunting equipment were located and returned to their owner.

Anyone with information may contact Detective Steve Rager of the Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-2577, or the toll free TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).

The Sheriff's Office noted that according to last year’s Crime in Maryland Report, serious property crimes account for 85 percent of all crime in Carroll, and investigators estimate the theft of electronics, tools, cash and other valuables from unlocked vehicles, sheds and homes account for almost three-fourths of those crimes.

The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to remove valuables from sight, roll-up car windows and lock car doors when leaving their vehicle unattended. Also, the office is asking residents to report unfamiliar vehicles and persons roaming neighborhoods and parking lots during the late evening and early morning hours.

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