Two on light rail charged with fraud


A county detective making a routine fare check of a man and a woman on the light rail line Friday afternoon arrested the couple on several theft and fraud charges.

Police said they suspect the two used a phony credit card to buy $1,000 worth of clothes from a Montgomery Ward store in Glen Burnie.

Detective Roger E. Crawford asked the two for tickets about 12:30 p.m. as they rode north near the North Linthicum station, police said. When they couldn't produce tickets, Detective Crawford asked them for identification.

TC The man gave the officer a driver's license with his picture on it but with the name of James E. Cassell of Gambrills, who told police that his wallet and license were stolen Dec. 23.

The man gave a written statement to police in which he said his uncle had given him the license and that he had put his picture on it to apply for credit cards using Mr. Cassell's name and address, police said.

He also told investigating officers that he and the woman applied for and received a credit card from Montgomery Ward. The clothing was recovered from the man's home, police said.

Timothy Alexander Scott, 25, of the 7500 block of E. Howard Road in Glen Burnie and Rita McCray, 21, of the 1800 block of Arwell Court in Severn were charged with felony theft, attempted theft, conspiracy to commit theft and altering a license, police said.

Mr. Scott was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $3,000 bond. Ms. McCray was being held on $2,500 bond.

Armed man robs beauty salon, patrons

A gunman fled Larry's Beauty Salon in the 300 block of Audrey Ave. with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry Saturday morning, but not before an elderly woman struck him on the head with her cane, county police said yesterday.

The woman, an unidentified customer in her late 60s, whacked the man after he tried to take the wallet of owner Larry Wallett, said police spokesman Officer Randy Bell.

The man came into the shop shortly after 10:30 a.m., pulled out a silver handgun and ordered everyone -- five women and two men -- to get on the floor, police said. He took money from the cash register and several rings, cash and wallets from the customers.

Throughout the robbery the gunman ordered the victims to stay on the floor, police said. Afterward, he ran west on Audrey Avenue.

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