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Man being held on theft charges

A 31-year-old Woodbine man is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in connection with stealing two vehicles in Sykesville and Mount Airy earlier this month.

Frank Lexington Simpson IV, of the 7000 block of Woodbine Road, was charged with two counts each of theft of between $1,000 and $10,000, theft of between $10,000 and $100,000, and unlawful taking a motor vehicle and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance: not marijuana. He is currently being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

On Jan. 2, officials from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office went to the 500 block in Piney Run Court in Sykesville to meet with Jennifer Lynn Lewis, who reported that her red 2010 Honda Civic was stolen from her driveway overnight, according to charging documents. Lewis told police that she heard her dog barking early in the morning, but she did not get out of her bed to found out why.

An officer was dispatched to the 5100 block in Stone Village Court in Sykesville Jan. 23 for a report of a suspicious vehicle, according to charging documents. After checking the vehicle identification number and tags, the officer and Lewis confirmed it was her Honda Civic.

Police found a Jan. 26 scrap metal sales receipt from Modern Junk and Salvage in Baltimore in Lewis' trunk and it was later determined that it belonged to Simpson, according to charging documents. Police identified Simpson on surveillance video from the Baltimore shop Jan. 24 and also obtained a copy of his driver's license that was attached to a copy of the sales receipt, according to charging documents.

On Jan. 31, police responded to the 2500 block in Vance Drive in Mount Airy for a report of a stolen vehicle. Steven Boyko told police that an unknown person removed his 1998 Jeep Cherokee without his permission, according to charging documents. He last saw his Jeep around 11:30 p.m. the previous day.

Simpson was arrested by police in Baltimore County in connection with stealing the Honda Civic. He was located in an area where he frequently hangs out, according to charging documents.

During a search, police found the Jeep's key in Simpson's front sweatshirt pocket. A strip of soboxone was found in Simpson's wallet, according to charging documents. Soboxone is a narcotic medication indicated for the treatment of opioid dependence, according to soboxone.com.

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