Boy, 13, arrested in shop break-in


County police arrested a 13-year-old Baltimore boy early yesterday after a cab driver identified him as one of three he drove into the city at the same time officers were investigating a break-in at a Brooklyn Park motorcycle dealer, officials said.

Police dispatchers sent officers to the Cycle World store in the 5800 block of Ritchie Highway shortly before 3:30 a.m. after an alarm sounded. Officers found that someone had broken into the north side entrance of the business and discovered four new motorcycles outside that had been taken from the shop.

Two officers went to the Crown station at Ritchie Highway and Church Street, where a clerk told them three males had asked him to call a cab for them. When he refused, they used a pay telephone outside.

Police checked with several cab companies, and officials at the B & R cab company in the 400 block of Cedar Hill Road said one of their drivers had taken the trio to the 2000 block of Monument St. Two officers drove with the cab driver to the spot where he had dropped off the three. The driver identified a 13-year-old boy standing on the corner as one of the passengers he had driven to Baltimore, police said.

The boy was charged as a juvenile with burglary and felony theft. He was released to his mother.

Ferndale woman assaulted at her home

A Ferndale woman was beaten and kicked Sunday morning when three women and two men barged into her home, county police said.

Barbara Wheeler, 41, told police she answered a knock at her front door about 5 a.m. Five people pushed their way in, warned her not to "mess with the McKennys" and punched and kicked her on the back, legs and face, knocking her unconscious, she said.

Paramedics took Ms. Wheeler to Harbor Hospital Center, where she was treated and released.

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