Three Carroll County men were charged with burglary and theft yesterday after an alert resident blocked their route from a Westminster home and called state police.
Police said they arrested the three inside an unoccupied house and found antiques in their truck outside about 1:30 p.m.
The three men also were charged with malicious destruction of property and trespassing.
Earl E. Ausherman, 39, and Larry L. White, 19, both of the same address in the 6000 block of Old Washington Road in Sykesville, and Richard E. Burdette, 19, of the 5600 block of Manor Drive in Woodbine were released on bond after a hearing before a District Court commissioner.
Mr. Ausherman's bail was set at $10,000. Bond for Mr. White was $5,000.
Mr. Burdette's bond was set at $1,500.
John Sullivan of the 2600 block of John Owings Road near Bachman Valley Road called police at 1:17 p.m. after he saw a truck in the driveway of the unoccupied house that he owns near his residence.
Then Mr. Sullivan pulled his own truck across the driveway to prevent the vehicle from leaving the property and waited for troopers to arrive.
State police said they found the three suspects inside the house and found two soda chests, an ice box, milk bottles and a corn planter -- all antiques -- already on their truck.
Police said the suspects had broken into a barn on the property and had taken several items from it, then forced open a door to gain entry to the house.
Mr. Sullivan said the items taken were valued at $1,300.