Three arrested for theftWESTMINSTER -- After a...


Three arrested for theft

WESTMINSTER -- After a four-mile chase, Westminster police arrested three people who were suspected of shoplifting and fleeing the scene of a traffic accident here Friday evening.

Arrested were Darrell John Edwards, 41, of Baltimore; Mary L. Daniels, 41, of Baltimore; and Eli Matthew Blair, 53, of Baltimore. Edwards and Blair were held yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center without bail. Daniels was incarcerated pending payment of $6,200 in bail, according to police reports.

The incident started about 2:30 p.m. in the Sears store at Cranberry Mall, when two men were observed placing cordless phones in a sports bag, city police said.

Sears employees followed the men and observed the license number of their car as it left the parking lot. The employees called city and state police to report the tag numbers and a description of the car and its occupants.

Within minutes, the car was in an accident in 140 Village Shopping Center, where it hit a car driven by Janice Cool, of Hanover, Pa., then fled east on Route 140.

A state trooper noticed the car driving on the shoulder at high speed and gave chase. Other troopers joined the chase and stopped the car on Route 140 near Bethel Road.

In the car, police found three cordless telephones, worth $360, and a portable air conditioner.

Police charged Edwards with theft over $300 and traffic offenses, including diving without a license, speeding, fleeing the scene of an accident and eluding police.

Daniels and Blair were charged with theft, police said.

* Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (state police). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.

Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:


Main Street: Manchester police arrested Louis W. Wagner, 27, of Manchester, and charged him with possession of drugs on May 23.


Brimfield Circle: State police arrested Brian S. Pfaff, 21, of Oak Orchard Road in New Windsor, and charged him with breaking and entering, being disorderly in a public place and resisting arrest on May 25.


East Main Street: Craig D. Shepard of Silver Court reported that someone removed two saws, worth $1,150, from his truck while it was parked on May 23.


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

May 20

4:26 p.m., Gamber responded to a woods fire on Jefferson Avenue.

May 21

9:27 a.m., Sykesville responded to a wash detail on Route 26 and Georgetown Boulevard.

9:34 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Distillery Drive.

2:00 p.m., Sykesville assisted Howard County with wires on fire on Old Frederick Road.

9:03 p.m., Sykesville investigated a building on Saddle Drive.

9:03 p.m., Taneytown responded to a trash fire on Allendale Lane.

May 23

2:36 a.m., Hampstead responded to a brush fire on Route 30 and Greenmount Church Road.

5:33 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a trash fire on Old Annapolis Road.

2:40 p.m., Hampstead responded to a vehicle fire on North Main Street.

6:01 p.m., Reese responded to a field fire on Murray Road.

May 24

5:52 a.m., Reese, Gamber, Westminster and Reisterstown responded to a house fire on Armacost Avenue.

9:04 a.m., Sykesville assisted Howard County on a fire alarm on Sharp Road.

11:24 a.m., New Windsor and Union Bridge responded to a fire alarm on Tibbetts Lane.

4:10 p.m., Sykesville responded to a brush fire on Pine Hill Court.

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