A mailbox on the lawn of a Columbia home was blown apart Thursday byan apparent pipe bomb, but no one was injured, county police said.

The mailbox, in the 6600 block of Mohawk Court, blew up at about 8:30 p.m., splitting its support pole and sending debris up to 35 feet away, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.

Police said the home was unoccupied at the time of the explosion,which was heard by neighbors.

On Tuesday, police arrested three teen-agers in a series of recent explosions believed to have been caused by pipe bombs and other explosives.

Al Ward, a deputy state fire marshal, said no suspects have been identified in Thursday's incident.


Two Columbia men were charged with burglary Wednesday after narcotics officers on undercover assignment stumbled on them as they were hauling stolen items into their home, county police said.

The undercover officers were staking out the 6100 block of Turnabout Lane for possible drug activity when they saw two neighborhood residents -- Kyle R. Logan, 18, and Christopher A. Smith, 19 -- loading boxes and bags into their apartment, police said.

Earlier in the day, a burglary had been reported in the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane, in which furniture and housewares were stolen, police said.

Police searched the apartment occupied by Logan and Smith and found stolen items, police said. Both were charged with breaking and entering, theft, and destruction of property.


A Laurel teen-ager was charged Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run accident earlier in the day near U.S. 1, in which a pedestrian suffered two broken legs after being struck by a car, county police said.

The accident occurred shortly before 8:40 p.m. in the westbound lane of Whiskey Bottom Road. Officersarrived to find the pedestrian, James H. Tucker Sr., 39, of Laurel, lying in the road with serious leg injuries, police said.

Tucker was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

Police said Tucker was able to provide a description of the car that hit him. He said it came at him at high speed as he crossed the highway.

At 10:30 p.m., a police officer spotted a late-model Volvo automobile parked in the 9000 block of Canterbury Riding that matched thedescription of the vehicle, police said.

The owners of the car were contacted and, after a brief interview, police arrested Antonio Cianflone, 18, a resident of the 9000 block of Canterbury Riding.

Cianflone was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed.


A man with no fixed address was charged Tuesday in the armed robberyof a Jessup gas station, in which a cashier was threatened by a man who pressed a knife against her throat, county police said.

Osman T. Leekins, 39, was arrested about an hour after the 3 a.m. robbery at Gallagher's Amoco station, in the 8800 block of U.S. 1.

The cashier reported that a man robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash after threatening to cut her throat, police said.

Leekins wasarrested after he crashed a car, which had been reported as stolen from Columbia, at the Routes 175 and 32. Money and a knife were recovered from the car, police said.

Leekins was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, assault, auto theft, and theft.


Other crimes reported to Howard County police:


5400 block of Vantage Point Road: A 1987 Monte Carlo automobile was reported stolen at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday from a residential area. The car was later recovered in Baltimore County.

6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: Several cars were tampered with in the parking lot of Columbia Foreign Car Care, but no vehicles appeared to be missing. The incidents occurred sometime before 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

8800 block of Stonebrook Lane: A man wearing a hooded sweat shirt was seen peeping into the windowof a home at 1 a.m. Friday. The man fled before police arrived.

8700 block of Cloudleap Court: A 1987 Suzuki Samurai vehicle was reported stolen at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday from the driveway of a residence after the owner left the engine running to warm the vehicle.

5400 block of Lynx Lane: Someone threw a brick through a glass front door ofa High's convenience store at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday.

10400 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: Two Jeep Cherokee vehicles were stolen Thursday from a parking area. Both thefts occurred sometime before 5 p.m.

Ellicott City

11200 block of McGee Way: A 1988 Dodge Caravan wasreported stolen at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday from a residential area.

5000 block of Straight Star: Several kitchen cabinets were stolen sometime before 8:30 a.m. Monday from a home under construction.

5000 block of Pasture Court: A 1991 Geo Metro automobile was reported stolen at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday from a residential area.

9400 block of U.S. 40: The door to a construction trailer was pried open sometime before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, but nothing appeared to be missing.


6600 block of U.S. 1: Camera supplies and cash were reported stolen at 4:50 p.m. Thursday from a home entered when someone pulled open a window and unlocked a door.

7700 block of U.S. 1: A videocassette recorder and cash was stolen sometime before 4:15 p.m. Tuesday from a trailer entered after the front door was pried open. Several rooms of the trailer were also ransacked.


7900 block of Old Jessup Road: A microwave oven and a washing machine were stolen sometime last weekend from a vacant house.


9300 block of Somersby Court: A dishwasher was stolen sometime before 7 a.m. Monday from a town house entered through a second-story window.

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