Police and fire scan



Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting a break-in at the Mount Airy Bowling Lanes Jan. 3.

Police said the break-in occurred at 3:15 a.m., when an 18-inch hole was cut through an exterior wall. While attempting to enter the building, the person or persons set off an alarm system and then fledwithout taking anything.

If you have any information about this crime or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, but if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


WESTMINSTER -- State police still are seeking suspects in three armed robberies of county convenience stores.

Police believe the suspect who robbed the Tevco Self-Serve convenience store in Finksburg Feb. 15 also may have robbed the store Feb. 6.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, weighing about 140 pounds, with a blond mustache.

The suspect wore anylon stocking on his face with eyeholes cut in it, police said.

During the second Tevco robbery, the man wore a hood pulled tight around his head so that only a small portion of his face showed.

In one of the robberies, the suspect claimed he had a knife. In the other, he displayed a small semiautomatic weapon.

In another armed robbery at the High's Dairy Store at Route 26 and Klee Mill Road Feb. 5, police said a man entered the store and displayed a small silver revolver while demanding the store clerks empty the cash register.

Theman fled in a 1988 Mazda that was reported stolen from Baltimore, police said. Another man was waiting in the car, police said.

After a chase with a state police car, the car was abandoned on Nicodemus Road in Baltimore County.

Police believe the pair stole another carin Baltimore County and then abandoned it in Baltimore City.

State police Sgt. Jeff Merson said the police are working closely with Baltimore City police to find the suspects. He believes they live in the city.

One of the suspects is described as a black male, 6-feet-tall, between 25 and 30 years old.

He wore a medium-length black trench coat at the time of the robbery.

If you have any information on these cases or believe you may know who is involved, please call the state police at 848-3111.


WESTMINSTER-- State police have a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Hampstead Jan. 11, but need more evidence before they can arrest the man, officials said.

Sgt. Jeff Merson said Friday he did not know when the man would be arrested and charged.

At the time of the arrest, police said bank employees told them that a man entered the bank at 9:30 a.m., pulled out a small-caliber handgun, and ordered tellers to open their money drawers.

Police said he told all the employees in the bank to lie on the floor and then jumped over the counter to scoop up bundles of cash. No one was injured in the robbery.

Police said Some of the money was recovered in the church parking lot.

The suspect is described as a white male, age 22 to 25, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, and weighing 140 pounds.


ELDERSBURG -- A 19-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday morning and was charged with driving while intoxicated and drug possession by state police in Westminster.

Police said the man, James Michael Naurot Jr., address unavailable, was charged after he was pulled over on Route 26 west of Route 32 for driving with one of his taillights out.

Trooper Ira M. Click Jr. searched the car and found an undisclosed amount of marijuana and amarijuana smoking pipe containing residue of the drug, police reports said.


Baldwin Park Drive: theft of toolbox and tools from truck parked at residence Feb. 20. Estimated loss: $900.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Feb. 20.

12:18 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County in responding to smoke inside a house on Greystone Drive.

1:10p.m., Taneytown responded to a car leaking gas on East Baltimore Street.

4:02 p.m., Westminster responded to a report of smoke at Stone Chapel Road and Strand Avenue.

4:08 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic fire alarm at Cranberry Mall.

Feb. 21

9:21 a.m., Mount Airy responded to a basement fire on Duvall Road.

2:59 p.m., Mount Airy, Lisbon, Damascus and Gaithersburg responded to a building fire on Twin Arch Road.

3:01 p.m., Sykesville respondedto an auto fire on Springfield Avenue.

3:53 p.m., Reese respondedto an apartment fire on Brookberry Court in Reisterstown.

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