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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
An Anne Arundel County officer shot at a suspect after police encountered a car heist in progress in Hanover early Wednesday morning. Police said officers went to Baltimore Washington Auto Outlet in the 2700 block of Annapolis Road at around 12:30 a.m. after the building's burglar alarm was triggered. Two men wearing masks were at the scene when police arrived. One ran to a red 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, which police said was stolen from the business and parked nearby, and drove at an officer who was outside of his patrol car, according to police.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
An Anne Arundel County officer shot at a suspect after police encountered a car heist in progress in Hanover early Wednesday morning. Police said officers went to Baltimore Washington Auto Outlet in the 2700 block of Annapolis Road at around 12:30 a.m. after the building's burglar alarm was triggered. Two men wearing masks were at the scene when police arrived. One ran to a red 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, which police said was stolen from the business and parked nearby, and drove at an officer who was outside of his patrol car, according to police.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
Howard County prosecutors dropped an assault charge against a convicted Columbia car thief yesterday -- a charge that was filed just a month after the man was released from prison.Assistant State's Attorney Thomas W. Rafter said he decided to drop the charge against Christopher James Peca, 21, because the alleged victim in the case moved to Florida and was unavailable to testify."It was unclear whether Mr. Peca's conduct rose to the level of an assault in this case," Rafter said.Two years ago, Peca was sent to prison for leading a band of car thieves -- known as "the Low Riders" -- that stole about 20 cars.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
City police are searching for a car thief who took the wheel of an idling Ford Explorer Thursday morning in Northeast Baltimore and made off with the vehicle and its 7-year-old passenger. The incident occurred in the 5900 block of Fairwood Avenue in the Glenham-Belhar neighborhood. The child, who was in the back seat, was quickly let out of the vehicle at a MTA bus stop near the intersection of Belle Vista and Hamilton avenues. He was not harmed, police said. The license plate of the silver 2004 Explorer, which is still missing, reads 828 M 506. The car owner was dropping a younger child at a day care center and left the car idling.
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By DAN RODRICKS | March 24, 1995
Given the contents of Bob Sheckler's car that morning, we can assume this: The man had errands to run. He had to mail a bunch of letters, take a down comforter to the cleaners and return three books-on-tape to the Baltimore County library. The best way for some people to remember errands is to load pertinent items into the car beforehand. That's what Sheckler and his wife, Connee, did.And everything would have been cool had their car not been stolen -- right out of the driveway -- along with the letters, comforter and the soon-to-be-overdue books-on-tape.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | July 9, 2003
A car thief apparently stole more than he intended when he jumped into a sport utility vehicle yesterday morning in Baltimore and drove off - a 2-month-old girl who was strapped into a car seat. The thief apparently soon stopped the SUV and left the baby unharmed on a sidewalk, police said. Police said the incident began about 7:05 a.m. when Melchor Balete, 34, drove three of his children to meet a bus that was to take some of them on a trip. Just after Balete and a young son got out of the Ford Excursion in the 100 block of E. Mount Royal Ave., a man ran across the street and hopped behind the wheel, police said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 6, 2004
A car thief was hospitalized with knife wounds yesterday after the vehicle's owner jumped into the car and -- in a fight -- caused it to careen across a sidewalk and hit a row of houses and a tree in West Baltimore. The owner was selling T-shirts and caps out of his mid-1990s Ford LTD in the 1600 block of McKean Ave. when a man jumped into the car and started to drive, city police said. The owner jumped in the vehicle and struggled with the driver. The car didn't go far before crashing in the same block of McKean.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
City police are searching for a car thief who took the wheel of an idling Ford Explorer Thursday morning in Northeast Baltimore and made off with the vehicle and its 7-year-old passenger. The incident occurred in the 5900 block of Fairwood Avenue in the Glenham-Belhar neighborhood. The child, who was in the back seat, was quickly let out of the vehicle at a MTA bus stop near the intersection of Belle Vista and Hamilton avenues. He was not harmed, police said. The license plate of the silver 2004 Explorer, which is still missing, reads 828 M 506. The car owner was dropping a younger child at a day care center and left the car idling.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | September 6, 1996
You could blow "Bulletproof" out its socks with .22 blanks, that's how weak it is.A ninth- or 10th-generation clone of "48 HRS.," all those years ago, it's thinly imagined and pedestrianly engineered chase melodrama about a black guy and a white guy, one a cop, the other a crook, who find they have more in common than not, and bond to bring down a really nasty villain. Main difference between then and now: this time through, the cop is black and the crook is white.The two guys are potentially amusing but the screenplay is so naked in its manipulation of emotion that it feels infantile.
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February 3, 1995
It's one of those frigid winter mornings that push you closer to the belief that living in Mississippi wouldn't be so bad after all.It's a morning you dread sitting inside your car like a package of Birds Eye peas while waiting for the engine to get warm. So, you rush out to start the car and leave it running as you rush back to the comfort of your home.You even gain a bonus: A few extra minutes to down that last cup of coffee.Convenient for you, sure. But this also happens to be the stuff of every car thief's dreams.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2011
Hundreds of Linthicum residents want the Maryland Transit Administration to shutter the light rail station after an attack on a man near the facility, and they vow to turn out for a public hearing this month on a plan to trim its hours. The MTA beefed up station security in response to a community outcry and has proposed closing the station at 8 p.m., three hours early. Residents say it has brought crime to their neighborhoods, and they are creating a nonprofit group to pursue closing it entirely.
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By MELISSA HARRIS and MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER | April 3, 2006
As her marked car crawled through the parking lot, Detective Kelly Tibbs' new laptop beeped like a supermarket scanner. Two cameras, positioned like crab eyes on the cruiser's roof, snapped digital pictures of hundreds of license plates, and with each beep, the laptop checked the images against an FBI list of stolen cars. Such cameras - called Mobile Plate Hunters - are replacing the laborious eyeball-and-keystroke method of checking for stolen cars, letting busy officers rely instead on an automated scan that takes less than a second.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 6, 2004
A car thief was hospitalized with knife wounds yesterday after the vehicle's owner jumped into the car and -- in a fight -- caused it to careen across a sidewalk and hit a row of houses and a tree in West Baltimore. The owner was selling T-shirts and caps out of his mid-1990s Ford LTD in the 1600 block of McKean Ave. when a man jumped into the car and started to drive, city police said. The owner jumped in the vehicle and struggled with the driver. The car didn't go far before crashing in the same block of McKean.
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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2003
Rhea Suzette Taylor toddled around her living room floor in Northeast Baltimore yesterday, clutching a lavender cup and charming visitors, unperturbed by her 8-hour odyssey as the unexpected passenger of an opportunistic car thief and the center of a statewide missing child alert. Baltimore police found Rhea, dozing in a car seat in the back of her mother's stolen 1990 Chevrolet Lumina, about 3:40 yesterday morning, six hours after launching Maryland's Amber Alert system. The car and Rhea, who turns 1 year old Wednesday, were taken Thursday evening, as her mother carried the girl's sleeping sister into her great-grandmother's East Baltimore rowhouse about 7:30 p.m. Lakisha Jones, Rhea's mother, left the engine running as she walked 10 feet to the door of Catherine Richardson's house in the 1600 block of Darley Ave. A man wearing a dark hood pulled down low over his face slipped into the idling car and took off, said Jones, a 30-year-old hair stylist from Hamilton.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | July 9, 2003
A car thief apparently stole more than he intended when he jumped into a sport utility vehicle yesterday morning in Baltimore and drove off - a 2-month-old girl who was strapped into a car seat. The thief apparently soon stopped the SUV and left the baby unharmed on a sidewalk, police said. Police said the incident began about 7:05 a.m. when Melchor Balete, 34, drove three of his children to meet a bus that was to take some of them on a trip. Just after Balete and a young son got out of the Ford Excursion in the 100 block of E. Mount Royal Ave., a man ran across the street and hopped behind the wheel, police said.
NEWS
By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
Howard County prosecutors dropped an assault charge against a convicted Columbia car thief yesterday -- a charge that was filed just a month after the man was released from prison.Assistant State's Attorney Thomas W. Rafter said he decided to drop the charge against Christopher James Peca, 21, because the alleged victim in the case moved to Florida and was unavailable to testify."It was unclear whether Mr. Peca's conduct rose to the level of an assault in this case," Rafter said.Two years ago, Peca was sent to prison for leading a band of car thieves -- known as "the Low Riders" -- that stole about 20 cars.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | February 17, 1995
Kids, huh?They don't listen to parents. They don't listen to teachers. If you want to know the truth, kids today don't listen to anything but that darn rock and roll on MTV.They steal our cars. They shoot each other. Sometimes they shoot us. Sometimes, when we get mad, we shoot them. Like, what choice do we have? They're completely out of control.But maybe there's a solution. I heard about it on talk radio. You take the vandal/car thief/truant/body piercer. You get a big bamboo pole, rip off the kid's pants and bang some sense into him. It's called caning.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1997
A Columbia car thief -- whose reduced jail sentence last fall became fodder for campaign ads charging that Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure was soft on crime -- is out of jail and in trouble with the law again.Christopher J. Peca, 21, who was released from state prison just months ago, now faces charges of assault, stealing and setting fire to a vehicle, stealing two men's credit cards and using the cards to buy alcohol, sporting goods and jewelry.Last fall, Leasure reduced the jail sentence of Peca -- convicted of leading a Columbia car theft ring known as the Low Riders -- from eight to five years over prosecutors' objections.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1997
A Columbia car thief -- whose reduced jail sentence last fall became fodder for campaign ads charging that Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure was soft on crime -- is out of jail and in trouble with the law again.Christopher J. Peca, 21, who was released from state prison just months ago, now faces charges of assault, stealing and setting fire to a vehicle, stealing two men's credit cards and using the cards to buy alcohol, sporting goods and jewelry.Last fall, Leasure reduced the jail sentence of Peca -- convicted of leading a Columbia car theft ring known as the Low Riders -- from eight to five years over prosecutors' objections.
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | September 6, 1996
You could blow "Bulletproof" out its socks with .22 blanks, that's how weak it is.A ninth- or 10th-generation clone of "48 HRS.," all those years ago, it's thinly imagined and pedestrianly engineered chase melodrama about a black guy and a white guy, one a cop, the other a crook, who find they have more in common than not, and bond to bring down a really nasty villain. Main difference between then and now: this time through, the cop is black and the crook is white.The two guys are potentially amusing but the screenplay is so naked in its manipulation of emotion that it feels infantile.
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