Official finds missing car 'in the family'
Rumors spun in Glen Burnie when a public official's car was stolen this week.
Maybe it was the turquoise, the gleaming finish on state delegate Vic Sulin's antique car, that inexorably drew some thief, like a red flag draws a bull, folks speculated. Maybe it was the dark revenge of a disgruntled citizen out to make a point.
Or perhaps whoever stole the 1963 Ford Falcon Monday afternoon from the Glen Burnie Democratic delegate's driveway was simply indulging a crazed sense of humor. Making off with a vehicle that bears House of Delegates license plates must offer an extra thrill to a criminal, especially an unpatriotic one.
To make this unsavory removal of property even nastier, the car disappeared not in the dead of night but at 2:30 in broad daylight Monday, and not in the middle of busy Baltimore but from the delegate's own driveway.
Neighbors saw the thief pull out of the driveway, although no one could give detectives a description.
Mr. Sulin found the car missing Monday evening when he returned to his farm on Burns Crossing Road. He called the police, then headed for the Glen Burnie carnival, where he ran into his sister.
She, it turned out, had borrowed the car, unbeknownst to Mr. Sulin.
"It was a whole series of missed messages," he said. "Her car had broken down. She had a key to my house, so she borrowed the car."
The antique car originally belonged to Mr. Sulin's mother.
"I told my sister she almost got locked up," the delegate joked. "I guess I was a little hasty, but I wanted to get it reported before I went to the carnival."
The populace of Glen Burnie has less to gossip about. But Mr. Sulin's turquoise chariot is now, in truth, a family car. "This car always was in the family," he said. "I'm glad it still is."
A baker's dozen of the scariest things in Anne Arundel County:
* The intersection of Ritchie Highway and Route 648.
* Forgetting where you left your car in the new Wal-Mart parking lot.
* Wondering why you haven't heard from John Leopold in several weeks and deciding he slipped away to another, unsuspecting state.
* The two-lane exit/entrance ramp off Route 3 south between Dorsey Road and Route 100. Ditto the ramp for Severna Park off Route 100 eastbound. (On three, everyone who wants to get off, shift right. Those on the right, shift left.)
* Seeing Rep. Tom McMillen at a fund-raiser astride a horse with a sharp object in his hand. (Stick with roundball, big guy.)
* Realizing how many trees have been felled to widen U.S. 50 and construct the Route 100/Baltimore-Washington Parkway intersection.
* Trying to cross Ritchie Highway on foot. Of course, attempting it in a car is no box of chocolates, either.
* Being solicited as a potential Anne Arundel County school superintendent. Even George Steinbrenner's fired managers get another job in the organization.
* Driving with the top down on Dorsey Road as a jet 100 feet overhead cruises toward a landing. (Do those tires really say Goodyear?)
* Owning the neon sign concession in downtown Annapolis.
* Being a woman in the county police department.
* Opening a gourmet restaurant next to the Millersville Landfill.
* Having to explain the progress of Glen Burnie's urban renewal project. (Wasn't that President Cleveland with Del. Vic Sulin?)
Candy Thomson and Chris Kaltenbach