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Driver of stolen car hurt in collision


The driver of a stolen car was in critical condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after it collided with a tractor-trailer.

Adam Bankert, 21, of the 1600 block of Pinch Valley Road in Westminster was not wearing a seat belt when the 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo he was driving failed to stop at a red light Sunday afternoon at Uniontown Road and Route 31 and was hit by the rig, Westminster police said.

Mr. Bankert was thrown from the car, police said. His teen-age passenger was injured, but more information was not availablebecause police declined to release his name.

William Hill, 62, of Sykesville, the truck driver, declined medical treatment, police said.

Police said the car had been reported stolen Saturday in Owings Mills. Police said a Westminster officer tried to stop the car after he noticed it had stolen license tags.

No charges have been filed, but an investigation is continuing, police said.


* Westminster: Employees at the Sheetz convenience store on East Main Street told city police Sunday that a customer took $12.25 worth of gas without paying. On Saturday, they told police that merchandise worth $1.99 was shoplifted.

A Bell Road resident reported to city police Sunday that tires and rims had been removed from two of his vehicles. The loss was estimated at $400.

A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue told city police Sunday that a bicycle valued at $200 was taken from his back porch.

A resident of Crowl Road reported to city police Saturday that windshield washer fluid was thrown into her car, causing estimated damage of $150.

A resident of Charles Street told city police Saturday that her apartment was broken into and property was taken. The loss was estimated at $500.

A Pennsylvania Avenue resident told city police Friday that the steering column of his car was damaged. The loss was estimated at $100.


* Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to a mulch fire on Englar Road at 2:22 p.m. Sunday. Units were out 44 minutes.

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