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Man's body pulled from Whitehall Creek


Natural Resources Police pulled a man's body from the waters of Whitehall Creek yesterday afternoon, a department spokesman said.

The man was dressed in shorts and had no identification on him, said John Surrick, an NRP spokesman. The body, which had no visible signs of trauma, was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore to determine the cause of death, Mr. Surrick said.

A woman who lives in the 1600 block of Homewood Landing Road called NRP about 1:45 p.m. and said she saw a body floating between some piers. Police could not estimate how long the body had been in the water.

Man accused of stealing from cars

Residents of the Hillendale community could have thwarted the efforts of a man who allegedly stole valuables from vehicles yesterday morning if they had taken a simple security precaution: locked their car doors.

Between 20 and 30 vehicles parked in the 700 block of Mesa Road were broken into, said Officer Randy Bell, a police spokesman.

A resident called police about a suspicious man in the neighborhood about 4 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man sitting in a car that wasn't his. They searched the man's knapsack and found several car stereos and other items, police said.

The owners "could have saved themselves a lot of grief if they had simply locked their doors," Officer Bell said.

James A. Hatton, 30, of the 100 block of Clarence Ave. in Severna Park, was charged with 15 counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony conspiracy, police said.

Man wielding stick robs Arnold motel

A man brandishing a stick forced an Arnold motel clerk to hand over an undisclosed amount of money Tuesday night, county police said.

The man walked into the Days Inn in the 1500 block of Whitehall Road about 9:45 p.m. and asked the clerk for a room. When the clerk turned around, the man pulled out the stick and demanded money, police said.

The clerk gave cash to the robber, who ran away toward Route 50, police said.

2 rifles, handgun stolen from home

Two rifles and a handgun were stolen Monday night from a Millersville home, county police said.

The items were stolen from the home of John G. Wagner, 79, between 10 p.m. and midnight Monday. Mr. Wagner's daughter-in-law, Mary E. Wagner, called police Tuesday morning after discovering the theft, police said.

Two .22 caliber rifles and a .45 caliber military-issue pistol were missing, police said.

Woman's bird stolen from cage on porch

A Severna Park woman who left her home for a few hours Tuesday returned to find her Amazon parrot had been plucked from its cage, county police said.

Barbara Ann Elgert, 40, of the first block of Premier Court, went out about 2:10 p.m. The 14-year-old orange-winged parrot was in its cage on the front porch, police said.

When Ms. Elgert returned home at 5 p.m., the parrot was gone. The bird is worth about $300, Ms. Elgert told police.

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