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Balt. County police make arrest in auto thefts

A Catonsville man was arrested last week after Baltimore County police said they spotted him driving a beige 2004 Volkswagen Jetta that had been reported stolen by the owner.

Police said they charged John Henry Quick II, 29, after they saw him get in and drive away in the car.

The Jetta was reported stolen in the 4800 block of Carmella Drive in Halethorpe on Wednesday evening. Nearby officers found a Jeep Cherokee with the steering column covered by a scarf and the ignition destroyed. The Jeep had been reported stolen in Baltimore two days earlier.

Less than an hour later police responded to a theft report nearby in the 5000 block of Gateway Terrace in Halethorpe, where they found 28 vehicles with broken windows and some with items removed.

Police said they later arrested Quick after seeing him drive off in the Jetta.

Quick faces 12 separate theft-related charges and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

Authorities have not announced an arrest in another recent case of auto break-ins in the county. On January 29, county police said 29 vehicles in the 5700 block of Southwestern Boulevard in Halethorpe were broken into, near but not on the lot of the Halethorpe MARC Station. An MTA police spokeswoman said police were increasing patrols in the area.

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