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Chain saw stolen at construction site

Two men stole an $800 chain saw Wednesday morning from a truck parked at a construction site where Hammonds Ferry Road meets the Baltimore Beltway, county police said.

Steven W. Tosky, 24, told police that the saw belongs to Ronkin Construction Co., in the 6400 block of Harford Road in Baltimore. Mr. Tosky said he saw a man take the gasoline-powered steel tool about 11 a.m. The man put the saw into a white Ford van driven by a second man, and they drove south on Hammonds Ferry Road after the theft, police said.

Thieves in Linthicum break into 3 cars

Thieves broke into three cars in the 600 block of Gayle Drive in Linthicum Wednesday morning and stole nearly $500 worth of property, county police said.

The robberies occurred about 6 a.m., police said. A 47-year-old woman who lives on the block lost a $300 cellular telephone when the thieves broke into her 1993 Honda Accord, which was parked in front of her house, police said.

The thieves stole an $81 dress from a 1989 Dodge Caravan and a $100 briefcase from a 1989 Chrysler convertible.

2 flee after trying to shoplift clothing

A man and a woman who tried to shoplift $1,000 worth of clothing Thursday night from a T. J. Maxx store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway escaped after the man fought with a security officer who tried to stop them, county police said.

About 8:30 p.m., police said, Kevin P. Frazier, the security guard, tried to stop the two as they headed for the door, but the man fought with him, then pulled away and ran to a Toyota Tercel on the parking lot.

The couple escaped, driving north on Ritchie Highway. They left the merchandise behind.

Mower, chain saw stolen from garage

A lawn mower and chain saw worth a total of $600 were stolen from an unlocked garage in the 500 block of Old Pasture Lane in Severna Park Wednesday, police said.

The theft occurred about 2 p.m.

The victim told police his wife was home at the time of the theft but did not see or hear anything unusual. A neighbor told the man that he saw two men go into the garage and take the items, police said.

Laurel man charged with PCP possession

County police arrested a man on drug charges Wednesday night after they found him kneeling in his car, which was stopped in the middle of Route 175 near Route 170, officials said.

Western District Officer Stephen E. Swann received a call shortly after 10:30 p.m. about a disoriented man in a beige Chevrolet Monte Carlo. When he arrived, Officer Swann noticed a partly burned cigarette on the driver's seat of the car that smelled like PCP, police said. He arrested the man and searched him and the car.

Officer Swann found in the man's pocket a bag with a substance that field tested positive for PCP, police said. Another cigarette that contained suspected PCP was also in the bag, they said.

Officer Swann took the man to North Arundel Hospital, where he was examined. He was then taken to the Western District station to be charged, police said.

Robert Anthony Warwick, 26, of the first block of A St. in Laurel was charged with possession of PCP, police said.

Police accuse man of fighting with officers

A man wanted on a warrant by the county sheriff's office allegedly fought three county police officers after he was arrested Wednesday night, officials said.

Western District Officer Frederick Plitt was on routine patrol about 9:30 p.m. when he recognized a man walking on Pioneer Drive near Pioneer Circle as someone who was wanted by the county Sheriff's Department for allegedly failing to pay child support.

Officer Plitt stopped the man and arrested him after two other officers arrived, police said.

The man resisted, flailing his arms and hitting the officers several times in their chests, police said. The officers used pepper Mace to subdue the man, police said.

Howard Edward Gernel, 22, of the 1700 block of Richfield Drive in Severn was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, officials said.

Baltimore man faces drug charges

County police called to quell a fight in front of an apartment building in the 200 block of Woodhill Drive Thursday morning arrested a Baltimore man on drug charges, officials said.

When officers arrived at the apartment building shortly before 4 a.m., they saw several men out front. One of them walked around to the side of the building as police approached the group.

The officers followed the man and found in a nearby shrub a small piece of paper containing a substance that field tested positive as crack cocaine, police said.

Dwight Anthony Douglass, 20, of the 1000 block of Ellamont St. was charged with possession of crack cocaine, police said.

Man is charged with attempted theft

Northern District officers arrested a 25-year-old Baltimore man Wednesday afternoon in the attempted theft of nearly $300 worth of clothing from the Hecht Co. store in Marley Station.

Anton Columbus Smith of the 1600 block of Darley Ave. was charged with theft under $300, police said.

A security officer at the store saw a man put three pairs of jeans, three pairs of pants and two shirts into a shopping bag shortly after 3 p.m. and leave the store without paying for them.

The security officer stopped the man and called police, authorities said.

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