Maryland State Police have arrested three alleged serial shoplifters after an incident at a Mount Airy retailer on Wednesday.
John Klingler, 26, of Frederick; Heath Carrier, 23, of Fairfield, Pennsylvania; and Lawrence Acton, 24, of Pricedale, Pennsylvania, were arrested and face various theft-related charges, according to electronic court records. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Klingler was released on $5,000 bail, Carrier had been released on $3,000 bond and Pricedale was released on his own recognizance, according to electronic records.
Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, police were called for a reported shoplifting incident in progress at a retail store in the 200 block of Ridgeville Boulevard in Mount Airy. Troopers from the Westminster barrack and Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the scene and learned the three suspects involved had fled the store on foot and entered a tan Ford Escort, according to a news release from state police. The vehicle was located within seconds, and all three were arrested without incident.
According to a statement of charges, Acton and Klingler were involved in a theft on March 23 where they took a Samsung Smart TV. Carrier told troopers he was involved in an attempted theft on Tuesday, and all three were involved in an attempted theft on Wednesday where they tried to take a Samsung 40-inch Smart TV, according to statements of probable cause.
Further investigation revealed the three suspects were involved in two other shoplifting incidents earlier this year in Carroll County, although police did not offer immediate specifics in the news release.
All three waived their Miranda rights and told troopers that the thefts were supporting a heroin addiction, according to the statements.
The investigation is ongoing. A message could not be left on the number listed for Carrier. Neither Klingler nor Acton had a number listed. Klingler is scheduled to appear in court on June 27, and Carrier and Acton are scheduled to appear in court on June 23.