Three arrested in series of car break-ins in Westminster area


State police have charged three Carroll County men accused of breaking into automobiles in February and March with more than 300 criminal counts.

Richard C. Hart, 25, of the 300 block of Main St. in New Windsor, and Christopher A. Russell, 20, of the 5400 block of Sidney Road of Mount Airy, were charged on Monday, authorities said.

Phillip Reddinger, 19, of Westminster, was charged last week, Carroll County District Court records show.

Mr. Hart is in the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Mr. Russell and Mr. Reddinger are being held in lieu of $25,000 bond each.

All are charged with multiple counts of felony theft, theft, destruction of property and second-degree burglary.

A felony theft conviction carries a penalty of up to 15 years in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Court charging documents allege that Mr. Hart, Mr. Russell and Mr. Reddinger took part in about 15 vehicle break-ins in February and March, mainly in the Westminster area.

Sites where break-ins occurred include Main Street, Liberty Street, Carrollyn Drive, Oak Drive, Hughes Shop Road, Pinch Valley Road and Jasontown Road.

In most instances, police said, the windows of the vehicles were broken by the thieves.

Items taken from the vehicles included stereo equipment, cassettes, a radar detector, the canvas top of a Jeep, a blanket, shoes, sweat pants, a book bag and cash, police said.

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