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Two Laurel teen-agers were arrested Friday in connection with five recent burglaries, county police said.

John Edward Baker Jr., 18, of the 9300 block Canterbury Riding, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at Baker's home Friday after witnesses identified them, court records said.

Police did not release the name of the juvenile.

Among the stolen items were jewelry, an electric guitar, Nintendo game cartridges and a live, 4-foot python, all found at Baker's home, police said.

A fingerprint taken from one of the homes belonged to the juvenile, the court papers said. Both teen-agers have been charged with five counts of burglary and other related breaking-and-entering charges.

Police said both suspects are suspected but have not been charged in eight other burglaries since May 1 in the Whiskey Bottom area of Laurel.

Each of the burglaries was committed during the day, police said. The burglars usually broke in by removing window screens from first- and second-floor bedroom windows, sometimes after climbing a balcony or nearby storage shed.

Baker remained at the Howard County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, while the juvenile has been released to the custody of his parents.


The FBI has charged a homeless man with robbing a Columbia bank Friday after some of the dye-colored money was found in his possession during a Baltimore City drug raid Saturday, authorities said.

Carroll Binns, 34, was arrested at 4 p.m. during a raid by city police narcotics officers at a home in the 900 block Argyle Street, said Jim Dearborn, an FBI spokesman.

At first, Binns was charged only with drug offenses but later was charged with bank robbery, Dearborn said. He is suspected of holding up the Owen Brown branch of Maryland National Bank.

A substantial amount of "dye-colored cash" was recovered from Binns during his arrest, Dearborn said. Bank tellers often placean explosive dye pack in a bag of money before handing it over to a robber.

Bank employees said a 6-foot man, about 30 years old with a thin build, entered the building, in the 7100 block Cradlerock Way,about 6 p.m. and inquired about opening an account.

The man told the teller that he was armed with a weapon, jumped over the counter and walked away with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was revealed during the robbery, Dearborn said.

Binns was charged with bank robbery Monday in federal court in Baltimore. He is being held without bond pending further court hearings, Dearborn said.

A conviction on a federal charge of bank robbery carries up to 25 years in prison.


A 10th-grade student was charged Friday with setting off a pipe bomb in the bathroom of Centennial High School, county fire officials said.

The student was charged with setting off a homemade bomb in a toilet of the school,in the 4300 block Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. The explosion caused an estimated $300 in damage, the state fire marshal's office reported.

No one was injured in the incident.

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