Two Baltimore teen-agers charged in string of car tamperings, thefts


Two teen-agers from Baltimore were arrested and charged Friday in connection with two car thefts and three car theft attempts in Columbia's Town Center, police said.

Ronnie Linwood Harris, 19, of the 1400 block of W. Lafayette St. in Baltimore, was charged with auto theft, theft, destruction of property and unauthorized use of a vehicle in the thefts and tampering with cars in the 5500 block of Sterrett Place and the 5500 block of Vantage Point Road between 4: 15 p.m. and 4: 45 p.m. Friday.

He is being held on $10,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center in the car thefts and on $11,000 bond for failing twice to appear in court on unrelated charges in Anne Arundel County.

A 16-year-old boy from Baltimore also was charged in the thefts and was released into his parents' custody.

Sgt. Steven Keller of the Howard County police said the teens stole a 1991 Nissan Maxima in Baltimore and drove it to Sterrett Place, where they tampered with three other cars in a parking lot. Police were called to the lot, and the pair fled when officers arrived.

Officers chased them to Vantage Point Road, where the suspects jumped out of the Maxima and stole a 1994 Buick Century station wagon, police said.

Officers stopped the suspects near U.S. 29 and Route 108, Keller said.

A beige 1992 Acura Legend, Maryland tags ZYC-500, also was stolen from Sterrett Place on Friday afternoon, which might indicate that another person was involved in the thefts, Keller said.

Pub Date: 8/20/96

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