The Maryland State Police superintendent upheld the suspension without pay yesterday of an eight-year trooper who is charged with theft and other criminal counts in the theft of his car from a Taneytown auto repair shop Friday.
Tfc. Leonard A. Lucas 3rd, 30, a Baltimore County resident who works at the JFK barracks in Perryville, was charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of theft over $300 and two counts of malicious destruction of property.
Samuel E. Pickett, the garage owner. said in a warrant application that he had made repairs on the trooper's 1984 Volvo, but refused to release the vehicle when the owner came to pick it up Friday without money to pay for the work.
Lt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said Trooper Lucas was suspended without pay after he surrendered at the Westminster barracks about 10:15 a.m. Saturday. The trooper was later released on his own recognizance by a Carroll District Court commissioner pending trial on the charges.
Yesterday, a state police hearing board, which met in an emergency session to consider the trooper's suspension, upheld it pending resolution of the charges in court.
State police spokesman Mike McKelvin said the superintendent, Col. David B. Mitchell, concurred with the hearing board's decision.
The state police Internal Affairs Unit has initiated an investigation into the incident.
The trooper was arrested on a warrant obtained from a District Court commissioner by Mr. Pickett.
Mr. Pickett said he had returned to the garage later Friday, after his conversation with Trooper Lucas, and saw him driving the Volvo away. Mr. Picket told police that the door to the shop had been broken.