Three adults and two juveniles, all from Baltimore, were
arrested on theft charges early Monday morning after allegedly trying to steal a van and after one suspect led officers on a short chase, Howard County police said.
About 12:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a report that some men were trying to steal a 1991 Mazda van from a parking lot in the 4700 block of Leyden Way in Ellicott City. The suspects fled in two cars, a Honda Accord and a Ford Escort, when police arrived.
The Escort was stopped at Leyden Way and Columbia Road, where four occupants were arrested. The car, which belongs to the parents of one of the suspects, contained several tools, a flashlight and gloves, police said.
The fifth suspect, who was driving the Accord, fled west on Route 108 to Route 29. Officers arrested the driver when the car crashed at Route 29 and Seneca Drive. The Accord had been stolen from the 8800 block of Town and Country Boulevard earlier that evening, police said. No one was injured in the crash.
The five suspects were charged with auto theft, attempted theft and destruction of property. The two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, were released into their parents' custody.
Brian Alexander Wright, 20, of the 1600 block of Division St. and Quentin Duane Montague, 18, of the 800 block of Bentalou St. were released on an unsecured bond.
Raymond Hamilton, 18, of the 700 block of Appleton St., who drove the Accord, is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $10,000 bail. He was charged with a number of other vehicle offenses, police said.
* Ellicott City: 3000 block of Rogers Ave.: Several cartons of cigarettes were stolen from a High's store Sunday after someone smashed a glass door with a rock.