Jailed man charged with more break-insHoward County...


Jailed man charged with more break-ins

Howard County police have charged a 23-year-old man, already jailed on burglary charges, with additional charges in a series of home and automobile break-ins across the county. Rory Wade Leftwich, of the 8200 block of Wellington Place, is being held at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $200,000 bond, a detention center worker said.

County police took Leftwich into custody Aug. 13 from the detention center and charged him with 12 additional burglary charges, police said. An investigation led to the recent charges.

Police said a burglar who operated during the day and night stole cash, jewelry, credit cards, smoking pipes, electronic equipment, cameras, calculators, wallet and purses, and a remote control toy helicopter from homes in Mount Airy, Clarksville and Highland.

The exact value of the stolen items hasn't been determined. The burglar would enter unsecured homes or rear sliding glass doors or windows, police said.

Leftwich was captured in Ocean City Aug. 5 after eluding police for 10 days. He was charged at that time with burglary, theft and two counts of automobile theft in a series of home and automobile break-ins in West Friendship.

He has also been charged with burglary in Laurel City, said Laurel Det. Philip Pollack.

Police first suspected Leftwich was involved in break-ins when his fingerprints were recovered from the scene of an attempted burglary in the 3200 block of Regents Row, and from a burglary in the 3200 block of Parliament Place in West Friendship in late July.

Four men charged with car theft

Howard County police have charged four Baltimore City men in connection with stealing a 1992 Mazda.

The men were arrested about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 4900 block of Columbia Road near the Fairway Point Apartments after a patrol officer spotted the car they were in and became suspicious.

The officer checked the Mazda 626's plates and learned that the car had been reported stolen in Baltimore. He stopped the driver at a stop sign, police said. When the officer approached the Mazda, he observed the ignition had been popped.

Arrested was Michael Adams, 20. He was being held yesterday in lieu of $2,500 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

Also arrested were Larry Keith Williams, 22; Arthur Wayland Noakes, 19; and Sam Dajuan Major, 19, police said.

Police investigate weekend shootings

Howard County police are investigating two shootings at a local convenience store and a Mexican restaurant.

No one was injured in the shootings, police said.

At about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, police said a large crowd of youths gathered on the parking lot of Margarita Maggie's at Plata Grande on Dobbin Road.

One witness said the group began kicking a black automobile, police said. The car had begun to pull away when a passenger got out and fired one shot in the air. The passenger then got back in the car, either a Ford Probe or Dodge Daytona, and the occupants fled, police said.

Twenty-five minutes later, police said a large crowd of youths gathered at the Hickory Ridge WAWA convenience store on Hickory Ridge Road.

Several shots were fired, one shattering a window at the store. No one was injured, police said.

Police said they made no arrests in the shootings.

Ellicott City fire does $50,000 damage

A one-alarm fire caused $50,000 in damage to a flower shop in historic Ellicott City yesterday, investigators said.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported at 12:20 p.m. yesterday at Crafty Creations, 3744 Old Columbia Pike, fire investigators said.

When firefighters arrived they observed smoke coming from the second floor of the building. About 25 firefighters managed to control the fire within 40 minutes, fire investigators said.

The Arms Room gun shop next door received minor smoke damage.

Fire investigators said the fire damaged the building and the contents of the shop.

The cause is under investigation.

* Columbia:7000 block of Oakland Mills Road: A door was pried opened and someone took a computer.

10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: A black 1986 Mitsubishi Gallant was stolen Saturday from The Mall. The car has Maryland plates 303-ANX.

A 1988 Mitsubishi Gallant's locks were popped while parked on The Mall's parking lot Saturday.

The same day, a 1985 white Toyota Celica with Maryland plates WWB-620 and a white Mitsubishi Galant with Maryland plates YKM-245 were stolen from The Mall's parking lot.

* Ellicott City: 8800 block of Ridge Road: A white Pontiac Fiero was stolen from O'Donnell Pontiac's lot. The Pontiac didn't have tags.

8700 block of Town & Country Boulevard: Four suspects, three men and a blonde woman, were seen leaving an apartment Thursday.

* North Laurel: 9700 block of Covered Wagon: A window screen was cut Friday and someone reached through the window to unlock the door. A compact disc player was taken.

9500 block of Sylvan Still: A brown 1982 Chevrolet Camaro with Maryland plates 8T2-Z28 was stolen.

* Elkridge: 6000 block of Hanover Road: Someone broke a window and pried open an air conditioner Thursday. Televisions, a camera, clock radio, watch and cash stolen.

6200 block of Hanover Road: Someone kicked in a door Friday and took cash.

6800 block of Douglas Legum Drive: A lock was forced open Sunday at Chris's Lunch Express and someone took cash.

* Savage: 9700 block of Mountain Laurel Way: A blue-white 1989 Honda motorcycle with Pennsylvania plates 6HZOG was stolen.

9000 block of Junction Drive: A Ford truck reported stolen in Howard County was recovered by police in Anne Arundel County Friday.

10900 block of Guilford Road: A lock cylinder was removed and cash, a typewriter, telephone, microwave, calculator and a wastebasket was taken.

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