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3 charged in alleged conspiracy to steal cash from food store


A man and two women were arrested outside Martin's food market in the 140 Village Shopping Center Wednesday and charged with trying to bilk the supermarket out of $640.

Keith Mark Martin, 30, and Shelley Roberta Rosa, 32, both of Baltimore, and Daritta Watkins, 23, of Randallstown, each were charged with attempted theft and conspiracy. Mr. Martin was held on $2,500 bond. The women were released on $2,500 unsecured bond each.

Police said the trio entered the food market and the man asked an employee for a Western Union money transfer slip. After filling out the form to say that $640 was coming from "Ralph C. Copper of Miami" to Mr. Martin, the Baltimore man waited while the employee called Florida to verify the information.

When informed there was no money for him at the Miami Western Union office, police said, the man and the women left the store.

Within minutes the store employee received a telephone call, allegedly from Florida, saying the $640 was at that office and the Westminster market could release the money.

A short time later, police said, the three returned to the market asking for the $640.

When the clerk told the man she would have to call the Miami office to verify the money transfer, the trio left the store and began to walk in separate directions, police said.

They were stopped immediately outside by police officers, who had been called by store officials suspicious of the group's actions.

Mr. Martin is scheduled for a bail review hearing today, according to authorities at the Carroll County Detention Center, where he is being held.

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