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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 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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November 3, 2000
Two South Carroll men were charged yesterday in the theft of $16,000 worth of property from an Eldersburg home, authorities said. William Baker, 29, of Courtland Drive in Sykesville was charged with burglary, theft and conspiracy, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Keith Memmert, 28, an Eldersburg resident and neighbor of the victims, was charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft, authorities said. He is accused of selling the stolen items to a pawnshop in Catonsville, police said.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
The midshipman put his mark on his Rawlings Primo right-handed baseball glove, embroidering his name onto the thumb. A U.S. Naval Academy classmate wrote the number "5" and a reference to religious scripture — Philippians 4:13 — on the pinky of his Rawlings Pro Preferred. The person who authorities believe stole the gloves and hawked them on eBay didn't try to obscure the tell-tale markings, and that made it easy for undercover agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to hop on the Internet auction site and buy back the gloves.
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January 27, 1994
Jewelry and 300 compact discs were stolen Tuesday from a house in Gambrills by someone who pried open a sliding glass door, county police said.The break-in occurred between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at a house in the 2300 block of Mount Tabor Road. Police said the owner found the door leading to the basement open when she got home from work.The owner could not say how much the stolen items were worth.
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December 28, 1995
Furniture worth more than $4,000 was stolen over the Christmas holiday from the warehouse of a storage and delivery company behind county police headquarters, police said yesterday.Jonathan David Smith, owner of Tidewater Storage and Delivery in the 400 block of Headquarters Drive in Millersville, told police that when he arrived at work Tuesday, he found that the back door to the warehouse had been pried open.He said a hidden key that only his employees knew about was used to open the bay door of the warehouse and move such items as a sleep sofa, two entertainment systems, and six leather recliners.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 26, 2000
A Westminster man was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison after he was convicted of burglary, theft and assault in five cases. Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed a 20-year term for first-degree burglary on Nicholas R. Stonesifer, 22, of the 600 block of Littlestown Pike before suspending all but six years and recommending the defendant for boot camp, court records show. The crimes, including incidents in Hampstead, Eldersburg and Westminster, occurred between February and May, when Stonesifer was arrested after state police linked him to stolen items he had pawned in Baltimore County, court records show.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | May 10, 1995
A Union Mills couple were arrested Monday on burglary, theft and forgery charges.State police said William E. Raczkowski and his wife, Connie, both 21, of the 3700 block of Littlestown Pike, were wearing jewelry stolen from a Snydersburg house when they were apprehended.Investigators said the Raczkowskis are charged in the April 20 burglary of a house in the 1800 block of Snydersburg Road and with stealing jewelry, two television sets, a camera, speakers, two guitars and other items.Several of the items, including a guitar, were pawned in Baltimore the day after the burglary, investigators said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1997
Westminster police have recovered $7,500 worth of antique photos stolen from the Historical Society of Carroll County and have charged a 28-year-old Westminster resident with theft.Police said a man posing as a woman and using the name Mercedias Holt sold some of the stolen items. The seller gave an address in the first block of Westmorland St., police said.Police said that when they went to that address at 7 p.m. Thursday, they found $7,500 worth of items stolen from the historical society, along with a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff writer | April 5, 1992
A 15-year-old Columbia youth arrested Thursday on burglary and felony theft charges is suspected in a string of 20 burglaries in the Beaverbrook and Longfellow areas of Wilde Lake over the last two months, county police said.The youth, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was arrested Thursday night at his Columbia home following an investigation by police, said Detective Mike T. Sherman.The teen was charged as a juvenile with burglary, felony theft and destruction of property in one burglary, Sherman said.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2010
Baltimore police are seeking help from the public to identify the owners of computers, printers, jewelry and a $3,000 Bose stereo system that are among items stolen from at least five houses over the past six months. Detectives seized the items in a raid last weekend at a rowhouse in the 1800 block of N. Register St. in East Baltimore. They arrested 29-year-old Devon Anderson of that address and charged him in one burglary. But Lt. Michael Newton said detectives believe he is responsible for at least five burglaries in the area, and they are looking at other cases "throughout the city.
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March 30, 2010
A nyone who has been a victim of a burglary or robbery can attest to how exceedingly difficult it is to recover one's possessions, even if the perpetrators are eventually caught. By then, more often than not, the stolen goods have long since been resold to unscrupulous black market dealers or pawn shop owners who all too willingly turn a blind eye to where that high-end stereo or piece of heirloom jewelry came from, and who keep only the sketchiest records of such transactions. Last year, Maryland passed a law requiring pawn shop owners not only to record the names, addresses and phone numbers of customers who trade valuables for quick cash but also to post detailed descriptions of each item they take in hock on a statewide computer registry.
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By Nick Madigan and Tricia Bishop and Baltimore Sun reporters | March 26, 2010
Fifteen men, aged 22 to 51, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore on charges that they laundered $20 million in proceeds from stolen goods, many of them shoplifted from stores such as Walmart and Target. More than 100 officers from six agencies raided 30 locations in Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland this week to bring in the defendants. Their indictment asks for the forfeiture of $20 million in cash and the assets of 10 businesses in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Catonsville and Annapolis, along with 58 bank accounts.
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April 21, 2008
When the burglar takes off with your favorite charm bracelet, grandmother's heirloom silver or the family's new global positioning system, the expectations of ever seeing them again are pretty slim. If they end up with a local pawn broker - as stolen items often do - the ability of Baltimore police to search an inventory of pawn shops is hampered by an outdated hand-filing system. And with police receiving 20,000 reports a month from pawn dealers, the needle-in-the-haystack cliche fits.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | August 10, 2007
Anne Arundel County police are trying to track down victims of a newly popular form of automobile theft after finding 33 stolen navigational units in local pawnshops. Police have issued a warrant in 10 cases but declined yesterday to identify the suspect because the person has not been arrested. They are seeking additional crime victims who can provide descriptions of their stolen devices, particularly the serial number. Global positioning system units are a growing target for thieves because drivers often leave them perched on dashboards.
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By NICK SHIELDS | March 18, 2006
A device containing small amounts of nuclear material was stolen from a contractor's work site in Pikesville, state environment officials said yesterday. The moisture-density gauge was reported stolen about 8:30 a.m. yesterday from the site in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road, Maryland Department of the Environment officials said. The device, a yellow Troxler Model 3430 with the serial number 23191, contains Cesium-137 and Americium-241, state officials said. The gauge is used to measure moisture and compaction in soils, concrete, asphalt and other aggregates, said Ray Manley, of department's radioactive materials licensing and compliance division.
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April 21, 2008
When the burglar takes off with your favorite charm bracelet, grandmother's heirloom silver or the family's new global positioning system, the expectations of ever seeing them again are pretty slim. If they end up with a local pawn broker - as stolen items often do - the ability of Baltimore police to search an inventory of pawn shops is hampered by an outdated hand-filing system. And with police receiving 20,000 reports a month from pawn dealers, the needle-in-the-haystack cliche fits.
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May 18, 1993
POLICE LOG* Elkridge: 6200 block of Washington Boulevard: Someone stole a $25 flag from a flag pole outside of a McDonald's between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday.6800 block of Douglas Legum Drive: Someone damaged the locks on doors between May 2 and Sunday.* Ellicott City: 8500 block of Baltimore National Pike: Someone broke the passenger door window on a 1993 Ford Mustang between 9 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and stole an $800 rear passenger seat.9000 block of Town and Country Boulevard: A dining room window was pried between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, and a CD player, a stereo, and VHS tapes were stolen.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 26, 2003
A 45-year-old man thought to be responsible for about 40 burglaries of homes and garages throughout North Baltimore in the past six months took a novel approach to selling his stolen goods - holding periodic yard sales outside his apartment, police said yesterday. George M. Wilson of the 4700 block of Greenspring Ave. was charged last week in two burglaries, but police say he is likely to be charged with others in Guilford, Roland Park, Charles Village, Mount Washington and several other neighborhoods.
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