Thieves enter basement window, take weapons

Thieves broke into a Pasadena home and stole rifles and other property worth nearly $3,000, county police said.

Gordon Armstrong, 33, of 225th St. told police the burglary occurred between 7 a.m. Sunday and 1 a.m. Tuesday. He returned home and noticed that a small rock had been thrown through the front basement window, police said.


The bedroom had been ransacked and a .22-caliber rifle, a Remington rifle with a Redfield scope, a 30'06 rifle with a Leopold scope and a 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun were missing.

The thieves also took two gold wedding bands, one of which was an antique; four old silver dollars; and an Indian head nickel, police said. The silver dollars each had an insignia of Queen Elizabeth and an eagle on them, Mr. Armstrong told police.


2 men arrested, charged with burglary

Two men were arrested yesterday morning and charged with breaking into a house on Shellcove Road and attempting to break into another on Smallwood Court, county police said.

A man who lives in the house on Shellcove Road called police around 1:15 a.m. and reported that two men were trying to pry open two second-story bedroom windows. Officer Thomas Tyzack of the Eastern District went to the house and found screens pried from the windows but no suspects, police said.

He went to the back and spotted two men inside the house going through a woman's purse. Officer Tyzack arrested them and discovered they had another purse that belonged to a woman who lives on the same block, police said.

A woman who lives on Smallwood Court identified both men as the ones who tried to break into her house, police said.

Chris Lloyd, 23, of the 8500 block of Beacon Point Drive in Pasadena and Paul Michael Vitek, 26, of no fixed address were each charged with burglary, attempted burglary, theft, malicious destruction and being a rogue and a vagabond.

The men were being held at the Anne Arundel County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond each, pending a bail review today in Annapolis District Court, a court spokeswoman said.