County police charged a 17-year-old as a juvenile with misdemeanor theft Wednesday and nearly released him to a friend before they learned he was wanted for violation of parole in Nebraska.
The youth was arrested about 3:15 p.m. when James Zurowski, a security officer at J. C. Penney in Annapolis Mall, stopped a youth who had stuffed a pair of Hunt Club jean shorts into his pants and tried to leave the store without paying for them, police said.
When Southern District Officer Robert Rosso could not reach the boy's foster father in North Platte, Neb., he checked with officials at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, who told the officer to release the boy to his 18-year-old friend, police said.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Michael Feeney of the Western District had overheard Officer Rosso's radio conversation and remembered the friend's car, a 1967 Chevrolet Impala the sergeant had stopped shortly before noon at Routes 3 and 450 because it was missing an outside mirror.
The youth gave Sergeant Feeney the right name but a false birth date. He was released because a computer error showed that he was not wanted. Sergeant Feeney later checked with Nebraska authorities and learned that the boy was wanted for violating parole on an assault and theft conviction.
Police in North Platte confirmed that the youth was wanted there. He was turned over to social workers, who took him to the Thomas Waxter Children's Center in Laurel.
Harwood man hurt in motorcycle accident
A Harwood man received head and internal injuries Wednesday night when he was thrown from his motorcycle as he swerved to avoid a car, county police said.
David Hansel Munford, 27, of the 1500 block of Flanders Lane was riding his 1980 Harley Davidson south on Riva Road about 11:45 p.m. when a car heading north crossed into his lane, police said. Mr. Munford swerved and ran off the road and down an embankment before being thrown from his motorcycle, police said.
He was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released early yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Police said Mr. Munford was wearing a helmet.
The driver of the car was not identified.