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2 Baltimore men charged in theft of cutters, truck


State police at Westminster have charged two Baltimore men with stealing two rotary cutters worth almost $1,900 and a 14-foot U-Haul truck from Finch Services in the 1100 block of Littlestown Pike Friday.

John Wesley Johnson, 26, of the 2500 block of Dulany St. and Michael Wayne Stein, 32, of the 400 block of S. Stricker St. each were jailed on $10,000 bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.

They were released the next day after posting bond.

The two men are accused of entering the business, which was closed for the day, about 11 p.m. and loading the rotary cutters into the truck, which had California tags, the police report said.

Each man was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor theft. They are scheduled to appear in court March 9.

Westminster man acccused of making threats

Westminster police issued a summons yesterday charging a city man with calling in bomb threats to Martins Food Market and Donut World of Westminster in the 140 Village Shopping Center on Sept. 15.

Coston Victor Nery, 46, of the unit block of Shamrock Circle was charged with making the calls between 1:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

When a man hung up after calling Donut World, an employee used a telephone function that allowed her to reconnect with his number. The man answered, and she recognized his voice as a customer, police said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14.


* Westminster: An East Main Street resident reported an assault and battery at his home Thursday to city police.

A Carroll Street resident told city police a registration sticker was removed from the rear license plate of her car last Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $5.

A Shaeffer Avenue resident told police $20 worth of Christmas lights were taken from his property last Tuesday.

A shopper at Cranberry Mall told city police someone stole a wallet from her purse at the shopping area Dec. 17. Loss was estimated at $37.

A Church Street resident told city police about $300 worth of damage was done to her screened porch.

Edward Scott Hanson of Westminster was arrested last Tuesday and charged with malicious destruction and disorderly conduct. Police said he was involved in a fight and allegedly had kicked open doors in an apartment building on East Main Street.


* Pleasant Valley: Pleasant Valley and Westminster responded for a house fire on Hughes Shop Road at 2:58 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for about an hour.

* Smallwood: Reese responded for a brush fire on East Court at 8:17 a.m. Monday. Units were out for one hour.

* Westminster: Westminster and New Windsor responded for a chimney fire on Western Chapel Road at 1:06 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 48 minutes.

Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded for an oven fire on Mathias Court at 9:46 p.m. Friday. Units were out for 14 minutes.

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