Perryville police have recovered at least $10,000 worth of goods stolen from vehicles in recent months, the town's police chief said Tuesday.
In addition, a Harford County a man was sentenced to 17 years in prison this week for committing an armed robbery in the parking lot of Ercole's Pizza & Pasta last winter and for stealing copper from property downtown.
Police Chief Charles V. Wernz reported the developments Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Perryville Board of Town commissioners.
Stolen goods recovery
Wernz said officers responded to a home Dec. 30, 2013 after receiving a report of two brothers fighting.
One brother was reported to be entering the home to grab a weapon, and officers went in and saw illegal drugs "in plain view."
Police obtained permission to search the premises and found a bonanza in stolen goods.
"We recovered about $10,000 or more in stolen property," the police chief told the commissioners.
Wernz had previously reported during December's town meeting that multiple vehicles around Perryville had been broken into.
"All of this property came from those vehicles," he said Tuesday.
He said the suspects confessed to the thefts and expected they would be charged either later this week or next week.
Police are searching for the owners of the stolen property, which includes electronic devices such as iPods and a law enforcement officer's weapon.
"We have a lot of property at the PD, and we don't know who all the owners are," Wernz said.
The chief encouraged residents to contact the police department if they suspect their property has been stolen from their vehicles.
He said the recovered property would help solve about five to six open cases locally, as well as cases in Havre de Grace and elsewhere in Harford County.
"Some of the [items] we didn't know was stolen, they [the suspects] told us was stolen," Wernz said.
The chief did not identify the two men accused of the thefts.
Harford man convicted
Wernz also didn't identify the Harford man who was sentenced in Cecil County Circuit Court Monday in connection with an armed robbery the pizzeria parking lot and with the theft of copper and jewelry from a local home.
Local media, however, had previously reported that Michael Allen Gullion, 32, of Havre de Grace, was charged with robbing of a 65-year-old man in the parking lot of Ercole's at knifepoint on Feb. 18, 2013. He pleaded guilty to armed robbery in October, according to online court records.
Wernz said the man pleaded guilty to the both that robbery and to the copper theft and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with three years suspended.
"So he has 17 years to serve," the chief said.
Gullion was charged with several counts of theft involving copper and jewelry taken from a vacant home in the 300 block of Elm Street in Perryville last April, according to online court records.