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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2003
Following a trail that led from Maryland to Belgium and Nigeria, the Baltimore Regional Auto Theft Task Force has recovered two shipments of stolen luxury cars and sport utility vehicles from one of the larger international stolen-vehicle rings to have operated through the port of Baltimore, authorities said yesterday. The vehicles were being carried aboard container ships. However, before the shipments could be unloaded overseas, the vessels were ordered to return to Baltimore, where the cars and SUVs were seized by local and federal investigators.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
A police officer fired a shot at a stolen vehicle driven by a teen on Thursday after the officer believed his partner was in danger, Baltimore police said. No one was injured in the shooting, which took place at about 9 a.m. on the Northern Parkway between Falls Road and Interstate 83. Police charged the 15-year-old driver with motor vehicle theft and traffic charges. Police are not releasing the identities of the officers involved or the teen. Baltimore police officers were following a bronze Toyota van traveling westbound on the Northern Parkway they believed to be stolen.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | May 11, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The deal went quickly. Nasser el-Din Said handed a stack of hundred-dollar bills totaling $4,500 to another man yesterday, took the keys to a white Nissan pickup truck and put freshly prepared registration papers on the seat beside him. Asked where the vehicle had come from, the 74-year-old simply smiled and said, "Korea and Japan." The true answer became obvious as he pulled out of the dusty lot. The blue license plate of the former Iraqi government hung from the back bumper.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
A group of men stole a vehicle in Waverly, then joined up with another group and cruised around North Baltimore, robbing joggers of their cell phones, police reports say. The incidents were reported to police about an hour apart, with victims describing being boxed in by youths driving a dark-colored sedan and a second group in a white SUV, which had been reported stolen at about 6 a.m. on Aug. 2. In one of the incidents, the victim reported seeing...
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June 15, 1994
POLICE LOG* Dorsey's Search: 5000 block of Columbia Road: Two cars were stolen after thieves entered a home through a garage shortly after midnight Monday and took cash and car keys. Police said a garage door opener taken from one of the stolen vehicles was used to gain access to the home. The stolen vehicles were a dark green 1992 Infiniti Q45 with Maryland tags AEG 619 and a gold 1990 Acura Legend with Maryland tags ABW 481. Police found a 1985 Toyota Camry reported stolen from Baltimore City -- its ignition and door locks pried -- in a nearby lot. The thieves also tried to steal another Acura in the neighborhood, police said.
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By JUSTIN FENTON | August 15, 2008
About $36,000 in currency was seized from two passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport this week, and another man was arrested on a drug possession charge after marijuana was found in his baggage, customs officials announced yesterday. Officials also announced that two stolen vehicles were intercepted last week at the port of Baltimore before they could be shipped to West Africa, bringing the number of stolen vehicles recovered there this year to eight.
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January 11, 1994
Two 18-year-old men and a 16-year-old boy, all of Columbia, were arrested Sunday and charged in connection with the thefts of about 25 four-wheel-drive vehicles in East Columbia since late December.Howard County police made the arrests after the three youths allegedly stole two Jeep Cherokees early Saturday and used the stolen vehicles to destroy parts of a pavilion and fitness course at Lake Elkhorn in Owen Brown.Alexi Martinez, of the 9300 block of Gentle Folk, was released yesterday from the Howard County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1995
County police hope to make a dent in soaring auto theft cases with a hot line that lets citizens turn in thieves and those who own stolen vehicles.With a $101,600 grant from the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, the county police auto theft squad has set up the hot line and answering machine, said Sgt. James A. Standiford, who heads the squad.Maryland ranks 12th in the nation for total vehicle thefts, and ninth per capita, according to prevention council statistics.County police statistics show that arrests for auto theft increased by more than 300 percent from 1993 to 1994.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | September 1, 1994
A Columbia man was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to 11 charges for his part in the theft of at least 23 four-wheel-drive vehicles last winter.Adam Matthew Fattori, 19, of the 8900 block of Blade Green Lane, also was ordered to pay nearly $9,500 in restitution to 10 victims as part of a plea agreement he accepted in Howard Circuit Court.Fattori pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and eight counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.Judge James Dudley sentenced him to one year in prison for each unauthorized-use count and two years in prison for each theft count.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 3, 1994
A Columbia man has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to 11 charges for his part in the theft of at least 23 four-wheel-drive vehicles in December and January.Alexi Pascal Martinez, 18, of the 9300 block of Gentle Folk also was ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution to 11 victims as part of a plea agreement he accepted on Monday in Howard Circuit Court.Martinez pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, one count of attempted theft and eight counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
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Staff Reports | December 1, 2012
Baltimore County Police say an officer was injured early Saturday morning - and a 16-year-old is being being charged as an adult with attempted murder - following a pursuit in the Towson area involving a stolen minivan. Police say on Dec. 1 at about 1:27 a.m., an officer spotted a 2003 white Dodge Caravan on Bristol Road near Stoneleigh Road without its headlights on, and stopped the vehicle. After stopping, the driver in the minivan reversed and rammed into the front of the police car while the officer was still inside, then drove off toward Stoneleigh Road, according to police reports.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
A half-hour police chase of a stolen vehicle through southeastern Baltimore ended about 5 p.m. Tuesday with the driver being arrested after a foot pursuit, according to city police. Police began tailing the stolen silver vehicle about 4:30 p.m. and at one point followed it onto a local highway, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. But most of the chase - which involved the police helicopter Foxtrot - occurred in the city, including the streets of Canton. The vehicle, which Monroe did not identify, was seen by one passerby traveling north at a high rate of speed on S. Clinton Street near Fait Avenue, with police patrol cars in pursuit.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2012
Baltimore police say the men who fatally shot a 34-year-old North Baltimore man took his car, and they were asking for the public's help in locating the vehicle. The vehicle, a silver 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan with the Maryland tag number 5AN0397, is believed to have been taken by three men who killed Hamin Bridges on Thursday night outside his home in the 1000 block of Evesham Ave. Police, responding about 10 p.m. to reports of gunfire, found Bridges lying on the porch of a house on the block.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2011
Officers recovered a stolen vehicle in the 200 block of Janwall St. on Dec. 10 at 1:30 a.m. after the victim activated an iPhone app to track the location of the phone, which was in the vehicle, Annapolis police said. The vehicle was taken from the 1000 block of Forest Dr. on Dec. 9 around 11 p.m. after it was left running and unoccupied, police said. After the app was activated by the victim, the vehicle was recovered, police said. The vehicle was parked and unoccupied, but the keys were not located, according to police.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2010
Hundreds of people gathered in Federal Hill on Monday night to remember three young people killed late Sunday when police say they were struck by a stolen vehicle. Holding candles and wearing shirts adorned with the victims' pictures, there were attempts to give testimonials and sing "Amazing Grace," but the group — representing generations from the Morrell Park neighborhood — was at a collective loss of words. Most just needed a shoulder to cry on. "They were just kids," said neighbor Tony Beckner, 40. "You have three kids doing nothing wrong, and you're gonna take them from us?"
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By JUSTIN FENTON | August 15, 2008
About $36,000 in currency was seized from two passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport this week, and another man was arrested on a drug possession charge after marijuana was found in his baggage, customs officials announced yesterday. Officials also announced that two stolen vehicles were intercepted last week at the port of Baltimore before they could be shipped to West Africa, bringing the number of stolen vehicles recovered there this year to eight.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun Reporter | June 6, 2008
Anne Arundel County's police union is questioning the suspension of three officers' police powers as the department reviews a high-speed chase of a stolen minivan allegedly driven by a 15-year-old boy who crashed into an unmarked police car in an Annapolis neighborhood. Sgt. John Gilmer, a county police spokesman, said it is routine for the department to conduct a review after a chase. But the county union president said that the "emergency suspension" of two officers and a supervisor, ordered two days after a county councilman inquired about the circumstances leading up to the chase, was unusual and unnecessary.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 8, 2004
The 21-year-old driver of a stolen SUV was charged with two counts of attempted murder yesterday after he struck a police officer on foot patrol downtown, then collided with a cruiser in East Baltimore, police said. Alufemi Adekandi, of no known address, ran down Officer John Norman with a stolen Ford Explorer as the officer patrolled The Block at 3:37 a.m., police said. Adekandi fled the scene and later turned up at North Avenue and Wolfe Street, where he hit a cruiser occupied by Officer Daniel Morgan, police said.
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