By Liz F. Kay and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun
3:08 PM EDT, June 30, 2011
Anne Arundel County Police are looking for the owners of thousands of dollars worth of power tools, lawn equipment, guns and other items that were discovered during a search of a Lothian home where two people were arrested.
In the few days after police publicly invited owners of property that was stolen to contact them, police received about 100 inquiries by phone and email, said Justin Mulcahy, police spokesman.
Before that, police had been able to return a few items they had recently seized from the Lothian property home to their owners, he said. The southern part of the county experienced an increase in thefts and burglaries in which similar goods were reported stolen, and police recovered some during the search, he said.
Detectives had been investigating a tip received in late May that a resident in the 1100 block of Mount Zion Marlboro Road had been dealing drugs and accepting stolen goods as payment, Mulcahy said.
On June 21, police executed a search warrant on the property, spending five hours there. They arrested the homeowner, 45-year-old Ronald Cornelius Hall, who police said had a small amount of crack cocaine and more than $1,000 in cash. He was charged with possessing a controlled dangerous substance and theft, and he was released after posting $5,000 bail.
County police also arrested Randi Spadaro, 25, also of Lothian, on a warrant issued June 20 over charges of destruction of property and disorderly conduct stemming from a March incident, according to court records. She was released on $5,000 bail June 21.
"Based on what they recovered, they know they are dealing with a significant amount of property that was stolen," Mulcahy said.
Among the 180 items found in the home and detached sheds on the property include a U-Haul car dolly, 49 long guns — some with serial numbers removed — snow blowers, generators, power washers, weed eaters, leaf blowers, chain saws, power drills, circular saws, concrete saws, nail guns and fishing rods. Police said it is not clear what plans there may have been for the goods, and some of the items are estimated to be worth more than $1,000.
Mulcahy said some of the items have been tied to thefts in the Edgewater area. But they are looking into whether some may have been stolen from elsewhere. The time frame includes not only recent thefts, but in the past year and a half.
"This may not be isolated to Anne Arundel County," Mulcahy said, noting the department is working with law enforcement officials in neighboring Prince George's and Calvert counties to identify owners.
Those who believe some of the property may belong to them should contact Detective Mark Ottey of the Southern District at 410-222-1965 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Callers should be prepared to show proof of ownership, such as serial numbers, to claim the items.
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