A Baltimore County police dog helped apprehend a burglary suspect on May 1. The alleged crime occurred at 11:22 p.m. in the 600 block of Charing Cross Road in Catonsville. Police were called to the scene after a homeowner heard a noise outside and then saw a man walking toward the garage.
A 42-year-old man allegedly used a state-issued credit card and charged almost $95,000 while working at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. According to his records, the man recently faced a theft charge for stealing between $10,000 and $100,000. The MAGO worked with the Maryland State Police to investigate the crime. The accused man supposedly used the credit card fraudulently between Jan. 18, 2011 and Feb. 29, 2012 when he worked at the Victor Cullen Center, a juvenile treatment facility, as the food administrator. He may face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison along with a $15,000 fine if he is convicted of the crime.
A former principal at a Maryland high school admitted his involvement in stealing $10,000 from the school. The 37-year-old entered a guilty plea to a felony theft charge in Baltimore Circuit Court on March 19. The court sentenced him to four years of probation and 150 hours of community service work. He was also ordered to repay the money, which he immediately did. He allegedly used the funds to pay for several expenses, including his wedding. He expressed his relief that the ordeal was over.
The University of Maryland Police have recently arrested a 20-year-old man and a 38-year-old man following an investigation into two separate incidents in late 2012 in which laptop computers were stolen on campus. The suspects now face theft charges and possible time in custody. The first crime happened when a student left his laptop out in the open at a campus study area in November 2012. When he came back about 60 minutes later, the computer was missing. University Police identified the 20-year-old man as a suspect, but when confronted with evidence that involved him in the case, he denied that he knew about the theft. However, police took him into custody. The laptop was not recovered. He faces theft charges of between $1,000 and $10,000 and could receive a prison term of up to 10 years. He has a prior charge for possession of drug paraphernalia although it is unknown if he was convicted in that case.
A 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody recently on outstanding warrants for selling stolen items to a pawn shop in Camp Springs. He faces two felony theft charges for stealing the merchandise, which was valued at about $1,350. The pawn store reportedly paid him just over $200 for the property, including portable electronics and jewelry. In November of 2012, law enforcement personnel connected the defendant and his partner to stolen items through a lost cell phone, which contained text messages sent to the co-defendant. Beginning in October, the pair were suspected to have broken into a minimum of six homes in the White Oak area and believed to have stolen electronics, jewelry and guns. In one notable incident, one of the victims allegedly awoke to find the co-defendant in his home. Although the thief fled with $60 in cash, in the process he lost his cell phone and items that were later determined to have been stolen.
Two Baltimore County men, ages 21 and 19, face theft charges after they allegedly took property out of vehicles in the Rodgers Ford area. A witness called law enforcement early in the morning of Jan. 26th to relay that two men were trying to open cars in the vicinity. However, by the time police arrived at the scene, the pair was not in sight. Law enforcement personnel searched for the two men, set up a boundary in the area and called in K9 units, and both suspects were located. The first defendant had money, a credit card, a debit card and GPS devices on his person, which were stolen from the vehicles. The second defendant, who was hiding at the home next door to where the first suspect was located, was also found in possession of stolen portable electronic equipment.
A man faces scrap metal theft charges to the tune of about $45,000. Authorities have accused him of the theft of numerous machines and sheet metal from a former employer. The defendant was employed by the business for about six months. The business owner said the thief knew how to avoid detection from security cameras. The suspect sold the items to a scrap yard for just under $700 in December 2012. He gave the business his driver's license information. The metal was destroyed almost as soon as it arrived at the business. A slow economy and the increasing price of metal have resulted in the rise in scrap metal thefts from businesses. Salvage yards realize the implications of the thefts and help authorities who investigate.
A Hartford County man is in custody with no bail for allegedly hurting a woman during a carjacking and then robbing a man within the same four-day period. He faces several felonies including assault, robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and theft charges of between $10,000 and $100,000.Court records indicated that he allegedly approached a woman, attempted to talk to her, snatched her car keys, pushed her and ran to her vehicle. She screamed and then chased and tackled him; however, he still managed to get in her vehicle and start it. She attempted to grab the keys out of the ignition, but when he shifted the car into reverse, she fell. As the suspect fled the scene, he hit another vehicle.
A man from Baltimore, Maryland, with a prior conviction for identity theft has pled guilty to the same offense five years later. The man was on trial for theft charges but he elected to plead guilty after three days of a trial. The man could receive possible penalties of up to 38 years in prison. Authorities estimate the personal losses to five victims at approximately $70,000. The thefts and attempted thefts included electronics and designer merchandise including Gucci bags and Hermes sweaters. The man was sentenced to just over five years in federal prison because of theft convictions in 2007.
Two pre-teens in Hagerstown, Maryland, were questioned after officials found 13 bombs made from soda bottles at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A resident who lived near the building contacted the authorities about the bombs. When the fire department investigated the bombs, three were found to pose no danger. They continued to investigate the remaining bombs. The authorities said that young people often find out about soda bottle bombs from looking online online. They most likely do not fully understand the dangers and think the devices look fun. Neighbors commented that they didn't believe that the children wanted to commit a crime of vandalism to hurt anyone or damage the church property.