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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 19, 1997
C An abandoned shed on state property in Severn became a warehouse for stolen goods for a Glen Burnie man accused of breaking into more than 20 cars and stealing computers, audio equipment and other goods, county police said yesterday.The man, Christopher Joseph Madej, 20, remained at large yesterday, when police raided his Glen Burnie apartment in the 1200 block of Wilson Road.The authorities seized some items believed to have been stolen and arrested Donna Thrift, 37, who shared the apartment with him.The largest quantity of stolen goods was found Feb. 17 in the shed on Maryland Aviation Authority property about a block from the apartment.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
The owners of a Reisterstown store have been given probation after allegedly purchasing stolen jewelry taken in a rash of burglaries in Baltimore and Carroll counties last year. Baltimore County police last year cited the case of Crown Jewelry as an example of the easy market for stolen metals. Authorities said in November that they recovered hundreds of pieces of gold and silver jewelry linked to a string of nearly 30 area burglaries. A number of those pieces were recovered from Crown Jewelry, which had not reported the purchases to state regulators as required, authorities said.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | April 3, 1991
Jenny Kim said that even though a police search of her parents' grocery last week turned up no evidence of a major shoplifting operation, the incident damaged the store's reputation in the close-knit Remington community."
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
Baltimore is among the regions hardest-hit by organized retail crime, a growing national problem in which gangs steal and sell goods, a retail trade group reported Tuesday. A survey by the National Retail Federation shows that almost no retailer is immune, whether the outlets are department or big-box stores, discounters, drugstores, supermarkets, restaurants or specialty chains. The crimes have also become more violent, the survey noted. "Criminals have become more desperate and brazen in their efforts, stopping at nothing to get their hands on large quantities of merchandise," Rich Mellor, NRF vice president of loss prevention, said in a statement.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | July 25, 2009
Suspecting that a pawnshop outside Annapolis was helping to fence stolen goods, officers raided it this week, seizing dozens of new items that were believed to have been stolen from area businesses, Anne Arundel County police said. The county also shut down the Trading Depot, at 2020A West St., for operating without needed permits and licenses, police said. Among the items seized Wednesday were housewares and hair-growth products, power tools and purses, diet aids and art supplies. Police said many were designer and brand-name goods, including more than 200 Vera Bradley purses and Oil of Olay products.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1996
Police recovered more $10,000 worth of winter sports jackets, videos, computer games and tools yesterday, stolen, they say, from Carroll County stores by a shoplifting ring headed by two Westminster women.Kimberly Lynne Cook, 26, of the 4000 block of Arters Mill Road and Rhonda Marie Flynn, 25, of the first block of Liberty St. were arrested yesterday at an Eldersburg pawn shop where they were attempting to sell stolen goods, Westminster police said.The women were charged with felony theft -- a crime carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years in prisonand a $15,000 fine -- and with conspiracy to commit theft.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2011
A 44-year-old Baltimore pawn shop owner was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in federal prison followed by six months of home detention for conspiring to commit money laundering in a lengthy scheme that involved more than a dozen defendants, who used pawn shops and online auction sites to sell stolen goods, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Michael Garonzik, who owned the We Buy pawn shop, bought stolen goods from "boosters," who shoplifted cosmetics, gift cards, DVDs, tools and other items from stores including Target, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Kohl's, according to his plea agreement.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1998
The owners of four Baltimore bars and restaurants have been charged with selling cocaine to undercover FBI agents in a three-year sting operation that resulted in drug and interstate theft charges against 35 people, federal authorities saidyesterday.Authorities seized the businesses' liquor licenses yesterday, and federal immigration officials say that 15 of the people charged -- many of whom are Greek nationals -- could be deported if they are convicted.David R. Knowlton, head of the Baltimore division of the FBI, said the investigation began with community complaints and ended with the elimination of a neighborhood drug network.
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By Roger Twigg | March 29, 1991
The four suspected shoplifters arrested Wednesday during a series of raids in Baltimore were part of a well-organized group that has been stealing from businesses since at least January, the police said yesterday."
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January 29, 1997
County police reported break-ins at two homes along a short stretch of Davidsonville Road on consecutive days.The first incident is thought to have occurred between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday in the 3200 block, where someone kicked in the front door of a home and stole a television and a videocassette recorder, valued at a combined $600, police said.Between 5: 30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, a break-in was reported in the 3100 block, where a stereo, a television and several other items were taken, police said.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
A Baltimore man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in federal prison his role in a multimillion-dollar stolen-goods scheme that operated out of his West Patapsco Avenue pawn shop. Louis Leitch, Sr., 62, also failed to pay more than $400,000 in income taxes on $2.5 million of income, according to prosecutors. Leitch admitted in U.S. District Court that he allowed shoplifters to use his store to sell medicine, health and beauty products, DVDs and tools stolen from Target, Safeway, Kohl's, and other retailers in Maryland.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2011
A 44-year-old Baltimore pawn shop owner was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in federal prison followed by six months of home detention for conspiring to commit money laundering in a lengthy scheme that involved more than a dozen defendants, who used pawn shops and online auction sites to sell stolen goods, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Michael Garonzik, who owned the We Buy pawn shop, bought stolen goods from "boosters," who shoplifted cosmetics, gift cards, DVDs, tools and other items from stores including Target, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Kohl's, according to his plea agreement.
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By Andrea. F. Siegel | January 6, 2010
Renda Morrison was three doors away from her house in Severn when she was "dazed" by what she saw for sale in her neighbor's yard. "What did I say? 'Stop the car,' " Morrison recalled Tuesday, as her daughter nodded. The yard sale featured Morrison's belongings - items she was about to inventory for police after a burglary that so cleaned out her home even shelving had vanished. Peddling her rug, her dishes and more was a man wearing her American Poolplayers Association T-shirt, Morrison said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | August 12, 2009
A woman whose home was burglarized as she stayed with her daughter was shocked to spot her belongings offered at a neighbor's yard sale, Anne Arundel County police say. The woman recognized an array of her items - including Christmas decorations, Beanie Babies, an Oriental rug and a dresser - being sold by a man who was wearing one of her T-shirts, charging documents say. Police said they found $25,000 worth of her clothes, furnishings and other possessions...
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | July 25, 2009
Suspecting that a pawnshop outside Annapolis was helping to fence stolen goods, officers raided it this week, seizing dozens of new items that were believed to have been stolen from area businesses, Anne Arundel County police said. The county also shut down the Trading Depot, at 2020A West St., for operating without needed permits and licenses, police said. Among the items seized Wednesday were housewares and hair-growth products, power tools and purses, diet aids and art supplies. Police said many were designer and brand-name goods, including more than 200 Vera Bradley purses and Oil of Olay products.
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By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | April 13, 2008
When police look for stolen property in Baltimore - be it a GPS or a pricey diamond necklace - they start with a paper trail that leads them through reams of documents stored in plastic trays and cardboard boxes at police headquarters. It is an antiquated recordkeeping system that every month generates 20,000 paper reports of purchases made by secondhand shops and pawnbrokers. To determine whether a stolen item has been pawned, police go through each record by hand. Now the City Council is considering a proposal that would require Baltimore's 37 pawnshops and 78 secondhand dealers to file reports electronically, creating a database police could search instantly - potentially speeding the recovery of stolen goods.
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By S. M. Khalid | March 28, 1991
Baltimore police raided six businesses last night and charged an East Baltimore grocery owner and three other people with theft in what investigators are calling a "major shoplifting and fencing ring."Police spokesman Dennis S. Hill said the operation involved the weekly theft of thousands of cartons of cigarettes, liquor and meat from major supermarkets, including Giant Food and Mars, some as far away as Western Maryland and Northern Virginia.The stolen goods were fenced to five grocery stores and a bar in Baltimore, police said.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | January 24, 1993
A Westminster resident's quick action with a video camera may help build a case against two people suspected of selling stolen goods from a car in an apartment complex parking lot Friday afternoon, police said.Police said the man with the camera, whom they would not identify, taped the two men selling items, then turned the tape over to police officers.After receiving a telephone tip about suspected stolen goods being sold out of a car in the parking lot of a South Center Street apartment complex, Westminster police arrested John M. Cartrette, 19, of no fixed address, and a 17-year-old boy from Littlestown, Pa.City police reported finding jewelry, several hundred dollars, three rifles, stereo speakers, cordless phones and other items in the suspects' car. Two apartment residents who said they had bought a TV and a VCR from the suspects surrendered the items to police.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,sun reporter | December 29, 2006
When Baltimore and the five surrounding counties decided to start developing an electronic database to track stolen goods brought into pawnshops, Detective Sgt. Chuck Moore of the Westminster State Police barracks asked Carroll County to adopt a related local bill to give the county authority to regulate pawnbrokers. But because Carroll has a board of commissioners, a bill to electronically monitor the county's pawnshops and establish a holding period for purchased items will first have to gain General Assembly approval.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2003
Five teens - including two 13-year-olds - have been charged in connection with a series of break-ins and other incidents over the past three months, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. The charges - ranging from theft and burglary to armed robbery - came after a search of the suspects' homes turned up a cache of more than $50,000 in stolen property, including dozens of video games and consoles, jewelry, laptops, watches, cash and credit cards, police said. "They did a lot of damage," said Arundel County police Sgt. Jeffrey Silverman.
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