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By Jessica Anderson and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Baltimore County police chased a stolen car to a suburban cul-de-sac in White Marsh early Tuesday and shot a suspect to death in the woods nearby, police said. The chaos roused neighbors in the development nestled between Interstate 95 and Philadelphia Road. Baltimore County officers were pursuing a Toyota Corolla reported stolen from Baltimore that struck a police cruiser and another car, police said. Officers were combing the streets of the development when one found 19-year-old Briatay McDuffie and, after a struggle, fatally shot him, police said.
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By Thomas Neas, The Baltimore Sun and By Thomas Neas, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
If you're worried about auto theft, parking in the Cedarcroft neighborhood in February might be the safest spot in the entire city - but be wary if you need to park in Frankford in July. In any large city, auto theft is a persistent problem, and in Baltimore, nearly 4,000 vehicles are stolen each year. According to the recovery systems producer LoJack, Maryland ranks seventh in the nation in vehicle thefts and recoveries, and certain trends become more apparent in thecity's crime data.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | March 15, 1994
Seven Baltimore residents, including two juveniles, were arrested and charged with conspiracy, felony theft and misdemeanor theft after vehicles were tampered with on the parking lot at a Sykesville apartment complex early Saturday.State police said they received a call about 5:30 a.m. concerning occupants of two automobiles driving around the parking lot and allegedly tampering with vehicles parked there. When officers arrived, they saw the two cars and stopped both vehicles on the parking lot.But when one trooper got out of his patrol car to walk toward one car, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and backed about 200 feet away, where he stopped.
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By Jessica Anderson and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Baltimore County police chased a stolen car to a suburban cul-de-sac in White Marsh early Tuesday and shot a suspect to death in the woods nearby, police said. The chaos roused neighbors in the development nestled between Interstate 95 and Philadelphia Road. Baltimore County officers were pursuing a Toyota Corolla reported stolen from Baltimore that struck a police cruiser and another car, police said. Officers were combing the streets of the development when one found 19-year-old Briatay McDuffie and, after a struggle, fatally shot him, police said.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer | November 4, 1994
With auto theft reaching epidemic proportions in Maryland, law enforcement agents gathered in Woodlawn yesterday to organize a $2 million-a-year effort to prevent the crime and put more car thieves behind bars.Their program is based on a successful Michigan effort that helped reduce that state's auto theft rate by 35 percent over the last eight years. While details here have yet to be worked out, officials say the important thing is that auto theft will now be taken seriously."There's something really wrong in the system when you can buy a $20,000 car and a juvenile can steal it right from under you," said Lt. Ronald S. Savage, a commander in Baltimore's Criminal Investigation Bureau who joined colleagues from around the state at Martin's West.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | October 6, 1991
A 24-year-old Baltimore man who avoided a charge of auto manslaughter by paying a $45 traffic citation was sentenced Friday to four yearsin jail by a Circuit Court judge for the less serious charge of autotheft.Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. dismissed the auto manslaughter charge against Garrick Wesley in August, ruling that it would be double jeopardy to try Wesley on the manslaughter charge after he hadpaid a fine for a lesser, related charge of reckless driving.Wesley was driving a stolen 1987 Chevrolet Spectrum in a June 13,1990, accident that killed 23-year-old Julie Brown, who was riding in the car's passenger seat.
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April 28, 1994
A 29-year-old Baltimore County man was arrested and charged with auto theft Tuesday morning after a 1990 Ford Bronco was stolen while its owner was in a Wilde Lake Village Center store.Howard County police stopped the stolen vehicle a few blocks away and arrested a man who police say had jumped from the truck and tried to run away.Dennis Donnell Wise was being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $3,500 bond.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1996
Concerned that state funding for a Baltimore-Baltimore County auto theft task force might not continue past June, officials from both localities gathered yesterday to press for an extension.The task force, which includes 25 detectives, is responsible for a steady decline in auto thefts, county Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan said after a news conference at Greenspring Shopping Center in the Pikesville area."We need to garner support to keep this thing going," he said.The Regional Auto Theft Team, formed two years ago, receives about $315,000 a year from the state Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council.
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By Erica C. Harrington and Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1996
Two men were arrested in Jessup Monday in connection with a stolen vehicle police say was taken in a carjacking in Baltimore July 10.James Ellis Brown, 34, and James Stallings, 32, both of Baltimore, were charged Monday with auto theft, Howard County police said.Both were in custody at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday. Brown was being held on $1,500 bond while Stallings was being held on $250,000 bond, police said.Police said the men were seen Monday morning sleeping in a 1984 Lincoln Continental with Virginia license plates at the intersection of Assateague Drive and Rappahannock Avenue in the Maryland Wholesale Food Center.
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November 24, 2007
An suspect in an auto theft was arrested yesterday morning after a long, slow-speed police pursuit through several neighborhoods in Baltimore, according to a department spokeswoman. Officer Nicole Monroe said the incident began about 10:30 a.m. in West Baltimore when members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force spotted the vehicle in the 2400 block of W. Lexington St. They attempted to stop the vehicle, the make and model of which were not immediately available, but the driver didn't stop, Monroe said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
A Catonsville man was arrested last week after Baltimore County police said they spotted him driving a beige 2004 Volkswagen Jetta that had been reported stolen by the owner. Police said they charged John Henry Quick II, 29, after they saw him get in and drive away in the car. The Jetta was reported stolen in the 4800 block of Carmella Drive in Halethorpe on Wednesday evening. Nearby officers found a Jeep Cherokee with the steering column covered by a scarf and the ignition destroyed.
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Staff Reports | November 30, 2012
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.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
Authorities in North Carolina located the car of a Pasadena man who was found dead in his home Sunday. Officers in Charlotte stopped the vehicle belonging to Darius Keenan Sr., 50, and identified the driver as Keenan's son, 26-year-old Darius Keenan Jr. Keenan Sr. was found in his home dead from a gunshot wound to the upper torso earlier that day by a family member. His car was missing from the home in the 400 block of Harlem Ave., prompting police to send out a nationwide alert for the vehicle.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2010
A theology student whose car was stolen in Bladensburg two years ago was stunned to learn that Antonio Benjamin Martinez, the 21-year-old man charged Wednesday with plotting to blow up a military recruiting office in Catonsville, appears to be the same person accused of taking his Subaru. When told about the connection, Daniel Tobin replied, "Amazing. " Bladensburg police charged Martinez, then 19, with auto theft and two related counts on Feb. 16, 2008, in the theft of Tobin's vehicle.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | November 13, 2009
Annie McCann's parents desperately want information about the death of their 16-year-old daughter, whose body was found behind a Baltimore trash bin last year after she ran away from her Alexandria, Va., home. But the father of a teenage boy recently charged with stealing the McCanns' car on the day the girl died says his son can't provide it. "This is a dead end for what they want," Bryant Woodley Sr. said in an interview. "The boys don't know nothing." He asked that his son, 16, not be named.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | May 22, 2009
It's not exactly something that grabs your attention as you speed along a busy highway. "You don't even give a tow truck on the side of the road a second glance," said Frank Greene of Sparks. "You say, 'Yep, they're picking up a car.' " You don't think about it until it's your car, and you didn't give permission to have it towed. That's what happened to a 1991 Volkswagen GTI owned by Greene and used by his 21-year-old son Christopher, a student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County who spent countless hours restoring the vehicle and giving it a fresh coat of black paint, only to have the alternator and battery go dead May 4 on the Beltway near Liberty Road.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | January 21, 2008
When Maryland state troopers answered a call about auto theft at a Bel Air dealership, they arrived to find two new sport utility vehicles in the Bob Bell Chevrolet parking lot, one with the engine running, and keys in the ignition of both SUVs. The botched theft in Harford County led police to uncover an international car theft ring in which hundreds of new vehicles were shipped to West Africa, authorities said. Police have charged a 39-year- old illegal immigrant from Sierra Leone whom they suspect of being one of the car theft ring leaders.
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