Man charged in vehicle theft suspected in others

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Police said they arrested an Edgewood man Friday as he attempted to steal a pickup truck from the 1800 block of Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace and are investigating whether he was involved in a string of automobile thefts in the city the past three weeks.

At least nine vehicles were stolen between June 19 and Tuesday in Havre de Grace. Most were driven for a short time and then recovered in the city. Two of the vehicles have not been found, police said.

An anonymous call to a police task force Thursday led officers to the suspect, Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Tom Golding said. "The caller said he knew someone who was stealing vehicles and trying to sell one," the lieutenant said.

Task force detectives went to the location the caller gave them and met the suspect as he was getting into the GMC pickup truck shortly after midnight, police said. They said he had keys to the vehicle, which had been stolen.

Wesley Wayne Williams, 21, of the 100 block of Redbud Road in Edgewood was charged with one count of theft over $300 by the Harford County sheriff's office after a joint investigation by the task force, the sheriff's department and Havre de Grace police, Lieutenant Golding said.

Mr. Williams was released on his own recognizance.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Williams was interviewed by Havre de Grace investigators about the other thefts. Police were seeking arrest warrants Friday for at least one person, in connection with four of the vehicles stolen.

* POLICE CHASE: Aberdeen-Havre de Grace -- A 19-year-old Havre de Grace man was in critical but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he crashed his vehicle on Chapel Road during a police chase shortly after 3 a.m. July 1.

Police said Rodnal Brotherton of 208 Tidewater Drive fled in his 1994 Eagle Talon when an officer tried to stop him for speeding on Pulaski Highway -- Route 40 -- in Aberdeen. The chase proceeded east on Pulaski Highway to Chapel Road in Havre de Grace, where Mr. Brotherton lost control of his car. The vehicle struck a bridge abutment and spun around before coming to a rest beside the guardrail, police said.

Mr. Brotherton suffered severe injuries to his legs and lower torso. He was removed from his car by members of the Susquehanna Hose Company and taken by MedEvac helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center.

* ARMED ROBBERY: Edgewood -- A 20-year-old Edgewood man was assaulted and robbed by five men on Court Square Drive shortly after midnight Wednesday, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office said. The victim told detectives the assailants demanded his money and pager at gunpoint. When he refused to give them anything, they repeatedly struck him with a metal pole and a baseball bat. The assailants stole a knife and a set of keys from the victim before a dog chased them away. After the robbery, the victim said he walked to a nearby home on Kingston Court, where residents called police. He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was kept overnight.

* THEFT ARREST: Bel Air -- Deputies said they arrested a Baltimore man and charged him with one count of theft under $300 after he allegedly stole a wallet containing money and credit cards from the home of a Brentwood Park resident June 17.

Marcus Allen Coulthard, 21, of 6 Slavin Court was caught in the victim's garage by a neighbor and ordered to leave, police said. After the brief confrontation, the victim, a resident of the 800 block of Van Dyke Lane, discovered her wallet missing and called police.

Witnesses identified Mr. Coulthard as the suspect and the victim's wallet was recovered. Baltimore County Police, who helped Harford County deputies make the arrest June 19, discovered Mr. Coulthard was also wanted in their county on two probation violation bench warrants. The suspect was released from Harford County jail after posting a $500 bond. His disposition in Baltimore County is unknown.

* VANDALISM: Havre de Grace -- In separate incidents, windows were broken at the Havre de Grace elementary and middle schools last week. On Tuesday, an employee of the middle school, which is in the 400 block of Lewis Lane, reported that a window had been broken during the night. The estimated damage was $850. Two days later an employee of the elementary school on Juniata Street discovered 16 broken windows in the south wing of the building. Damage was estimated at $500. Both incidents are under investigation.

* VIDEOTAPE PIRATING ARREST: Havre de Grace -- Police arrested a Baltimore man June 30 on suspicion of selling pirated videotapes of popular motion pictures -- including "Pocahontas," Congo" and "Disclosure" -- at the city fair. More than 300 videotapes were seized from Warner P. Sappington Jr. of the 500 block of Glen Allen Drive after an undercover detective bought two videotapes from him, police said. They said they became aware of the man's activities after several people filed complaints with Joseph I. Cassilly, the state's attorney in Harford, because the animated Walt Disney films they purchased contained material that was inappropriate for children. Mr. Sappington was released on his own recognizance.

* BURGLARY ARREST: Havre de Grace -- Two Havre de Grace men have been arrested in a series of burglaries in the city between June 21 and 25. One of them also is charged with burglaries in Perryville.

Michael Wallace Reynolds, 31, of the 900 block of Hebditch St. was arrested by state police in Cecil County June 26. Court records show he is charged in both Cecil and Harford counties. The charges include about 60 for theft, second- and third-degree burglary, running theft schemes, conspiracy to commit theft, burglary and various types of credit card fraud. He allegedly broke into six Route 40 businesses in Perryville and 10 in Havre de Grace, including Prices Seafood and the Gilbert Oil Co., both in the 600 block of Water St., and Craig's Service Center in the 200 block of N. Juniata St. He allegedly broke into the unoccupied small businesses at night and took cash and small but valuable items, said Havre de Grace police Lt. John Van Gilder. A suspected accomplice, George James Rose, 18, of the 300 block of Alliance St. was arrested by Havre de Grace police June 27. He is charged with 13 counts, including second-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property under $300, third-degree burglary, running a theft scheme and conspiracy to commit theft in the Havre de Grace burglaries. He has not been charged in the Perryville burglaries.

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