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Man charged in theft of officer's car


A Baltimore man has been charged in the carjacking of a Howard County police lieutenant's car from an Ellicott City gas ,, station July 1, county police said.

Trennard William Finney, 28, of the 3700 block of Cottage Ave. was charged Wednesday with carjacking and battery and placed on $500,000 bond, a Howard District Court commissioner said yesterday. He is being held in the Baltimore City Detention Center on other charges.

Mr. Finney is accused of stealing a car owned by Lt. E. Lawrence Knutson while the officer was inside a Shell convenience store on U.S. 40 paying for gas, police said.

The officer had left his keys in the car and ran outside when he saw a man trying to take the vehicle, police said. After a struggle, the carjacker drove away in the dark green 1995 Camaro bearing license tags HCP0023 that indicate a car owned by an officer.

Almost a dozen auto thefts in the U.S. 40 corridor were reported inJune, and police at that time were warning people not to leave their keys in their cars.


* Ellicott City: 2900 block of Crabapple Lane: A thief pried open a car door outside a home, took garage door openers from inside, opened a garage and stole a bicycle Tuesday night or Wednesday. Police said the bicycle was found a few blocks away.

34000 block of Plumtree Drive: Someone tried to break into a home by tampering with a front door lock Tuesday night or Wednesday, police said.

3200 block of Wheaton Way: Someone pried open a home's kitchen window Thursday, but police said nothing was taken.

* Elkridge: 6300 block of S. Hanover Road: The front window of Kangaroo Coach was smashed and an interior door forced open Wednesday or Thursday, but police said nothing was stolen.

6600 block of U.S. 1: A maroon 1986 Pontiac Trans Am was stolen from D & D Motors on Tuesday or Wednesday, police said.

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