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MAN ACCUSED OF CAR THEFT, EXTORTION

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Baltimore County man has been charged with stealing a Bel Air resident's car and demanding that the owner pay him $200 to divulge wherethe car had been moved, Bel Air police said.

Douglas E. Coyner, 26, of Middle River, is accused of having the car, a 1980 Subaru, towed from the 100 block of Hickory Avenue to the Edgewood Crown station on Pulaski Highway on Sept. 8, Harford District Court records say.

The car's owner reported the vehicle stolen at 9:55 a.m. Thursday, police said. The owner reported to police that a few hours later, the suspect called the owner's son, demanding money in exchange for the location of the car.

Police said they provided the owner with $200 to make the transaction. Police observed the transaction and arrested Coyner, charging him with theft and extortion, police said.

Ifconvicted, Coyner faces up to 16 years in prison and a fine of up to$1,500.

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