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Man arrested on theft and drug charges


A Baltimore man who allegedly flim-flammed a photography store clerk Monday night was arrested on drug and theft charges later that day, county police said.

David Lovelace, 28, of the 2200 block of Brunt St. was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and misdemeanor theft, police said. He is being held on $15,000 bail at the Anne Arundel County jail.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, a man bought a small picture frame from the Moto Photo shop in the 2300 block of Riva Road, just outside Annapolis. After paying for the $1.29 frame with a $20 bill, the man gave the clerk a $10 bill and asked for some $1 bills, police said.

Not until he left did the clerk realize she had given the man an extra $30, police said.

The clerk and her manager called police. Police received a call about a man trying to pull a similar scam at a Shell station on West Street. The station's clerk sent the man on his way, but not before getting the tag number of the car the man left in, police said.

When police stopped the car, the clerk and manager were brought in, and they identified one of four men in the car. Police said they searched the man and found the picture frame, $140 and three vials of crack cocaine.

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