4 Baltimore men arrested on attempted auto theft charges


Four Baltimore men were arrested yesterday on charges they tried to steal cars from an Elkridge auto auction lot after a guard they had tied up called police, Howard County police said. The men wrecked one car, police said.

According to police, two men approached a security trailer at the entrance to Baltimore-Washington Auto Exchange in the 7100 block of Brookdale Drive shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday. Police said the men threatened the guard with a gun and tied him up.

The pair then joined two other men waiting outside, and they all walked onto the lot of the business, which auctions used cars to the public. Police said a Ford, a Lexus and another vehicle were stolen.

The driver of the Ford lost control of the vehicle outside the lot, and the car hit a curb and stalled, police said.

Two men in the car ran, but they were stopped by officers on nearby U.S. 1. The security guard identified them, police said, and the men were arrested. Another patrol officer found the Lexus in Commerce Industrial Park north of the auto exchange on U.S. 1. There officers found two men in a large trash bin, police said.

Officers recovered a 9 mm handgun and a rubber mask from the men.

On a road near the back of the fenced auto exchange lot, police recovered a Mitsubishi reported stolen from the business in July.

Company officials would not comment yesterday.

Andre Jerry Saintrose, 21, was being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center. William Augustus Lyons, 21, Jonathan Charles Houston, 32, and James Winfrey Rhoney, 28, were all being held on $250,000 bond, a district court commissioner said last night.

Detectives are still investigating the case, police said.

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