Deputies break up Fallston fight, solve car theft in process


A fight in Fallston early Friday helped deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office solve a stolen car case reported last month in Howard County, a Harford sheriff's office spokesman said.

Deputies went to the 2100 block of Laurelbrook Road to break up a fight about 1 a.m.

While identifying those involved in the fight, deputies discovered that the rear registration plate on a 1995 Toyota 4 Runner being driven by one of them had been reported stolen Aug. 25 in Clarksville from Antwerpen Toyota Village, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, the spokesman.

Harry Julian Charthern Jr., 25, of Baltimore, a 17-year-old Baltimore boy and a 15-year-old Parkville boy were arrested on theft charges.

Deputies also charged Mr. Charthern with resisting arrest, giving a false statement to a police officer and several traffic violations. He was being held at the Harford County Detention Center, pending a bond hearing.

The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents, Sergeant Hopkins said.

The 17-year-old was also charged with disorderly conduct, he said.

In other reports:

* Three Baltimore County men were arrested Wednesday on charges of stripping a car stereo system from a Ford Mustang parked at a Bel Air auto paint and body shop, sheriff's deputies said.

An officer from the Bel Air Police Department, Sgt. Joseph Swam, who was on patrol, told deputies he saw a man crouching behind the Mustang, which was parked just outside the town limits.

He said he detained the man and called deputies after seeing that the radio, speaker box, power amplifier and rear speakers had been removed from the car, causing damage to its -- and rear speaker area.

He also reported seeing two men hiding nearby, sheriff's deputies said.

Deputy Kevin Taylor of the Harford sheriff's office answered Officer Swam's call at the Harford Paint and Body Shop in the 700 block of Baltimore Pike about 1:30 a.m., and arrested Joseph Paul Walter, 18, of the 1200 block of Middle River Road in Middle River; Stephen James Gump, 20, of the 10000 block of Philadelphia Road in White Marsh; and Eric Scot Novak, 19, of the 700 block of Seawall Road in Essex, sheriff's deputies said.

Each was released on his own recognizance. The damaged car is owned by Brian Sissleberger of Abingdon, sheriff's deputies said.

* Sheriff's deputies are searching for two unidentified men in a robbery about 6 p.m. Monday at the Express Deli Mart in Edgewood.

Jayesh A. Patel, 30, the delicatessen clerk, told deputies that a man entered the delicatessen, grabbed him and demanded money, then fled.

Witnesses told deputies the suspect ran to a waiting red and silver Ford Escort parked nearby. The car sped away from the store in the 600 block of Edgewood Road.

Witnesses said the two men, one black and one white, were both about age 20 and about 5 feet 7 inches tall. The robber weighed about 160 pounds, and the getaway driver about 180 pounds, they said.

Mr. Patel was not injured. Deputies did not say how much money was stolen. They asked that anyone with information about the incident call the Harford sheriff's office Criminal Investigation Division at (410) 836-5442.

* Rangers at Susquehanna State Park near Havre de Grace are investigating the theft of several foam, animal-shaped targets taken from the park's archery range last weekend.

Rangers discovered five three-dimensional targets owned by the Harford Bowmen were stolen between 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 a.m. Sept. 9. They are shaped like a white-tailed deer, a wild boar, a bighorn sheep, a mountain lion and a coyote.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Susquehanna State Park Office at (410) 557-7994 or (410) 836-6735.

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