Police seeking owners of stolen antiques 2 charged in theft of items worth $300,000


State Police are trying to confirm ownership of two truckloads of antiques, valued at about $300,000, that were recovered last week from the home of a southeast Baltimore woman.

Police are contacting antiques dealers and pawn shop owners and asking the general public for information about Julie Barnes Wilt, 32, of the 100 block of S. Curley St., who was arrested Thursday and charged with theft, breaking and entering and destruction of property. She was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, police said.

Wilt used phony identification to obtain, steal and sell at least $300,000 in antiques, police allege.

Police said items recovered from Wilt's residence had been stolen Sept. 6 from the home of an elderly Westminster woman, who is an antiques collector.

Police have charged Byron Paris Tantazonis, 41, also of the South Curley Street address, with breaking and entering, theft and destruction of property in the case. He is alleged to be Wilt's accomplice.

Tantazonis, who was arrested Friday afternoon while visiting Wilt at the detention center, is being held there on $60,000 bond, police said.

According to police, Wilt falsely identified herself as a member of the Carroll County Historical Society and used aliases, including Julie Rebecca Wilt and Julie Rebecca West, to obtain and sell antique furniture, jewelry, paintings and china from the elderly woman.

Wilt was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Thursday hiding in bushes outside the same Spring Mills Road home that was broken into Sept. 6, said police, who were responding to a report of TC suspicious vehicle parked outside the residence.

Police found several antiques stacked on the porch and believe they were taken during an apparent breaking and entering.

Anyone with information should contact State Police at the Westminster barracks, 301-876-2101.

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