Two Westminster women accused of failing to return car They were free on bail after Dec. 6 arrest on felony theft charges


Two Westminster women who were released on bail last week after being arrested Dec. 6 on shoplifting charges have been accused of failing to return a car they borrowed Thursday, state police said.

Kimberly L. Cook, 26, and Rhonda M. Poole, 25, both of the 400 block of Arters Mill Road, were back in custody Friday, court records show.

Police arrested Cook on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $7,500, pending a bail review hearing in District Court tomorrow.

Poole, who also appears in court records as Rhonda Flynn, was arrested on a bench warrant issued Wednesday in Circuit Court after she failed to appear to face charges of violating probation in a 1994 misdemeanor theft case.

Court records show that Poole was given probation before judgment in the 1994 theft case and placed on two years' supervised probation.

According to court records, Poole failed to report changes in her address to probation officials and failed a court-ordered random drug test, prompting Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. in June 1995 to find her guilty of violating probation.

In the latest incident, police said Cook's mother, Virginia Lee Cook of Westminster, reported that her daughter and Poole had taken her 1987 Mercury Marquis without permission about 5: 10 p.m. Thursday and had not returned it by 9:25 p.m. Thursday.

The car, which had an estimated value of $500, was recovered, police said.

The younger Cook and Poole were charged with felony theft and conspiracy to commit theft Dec. 6, court records show.

They were arrested at an Eldersburg pawn shop, where police said they were attempting to sell stolen goods.

More than $8,000 in merchandise allegedly stolen from Wal-Mart stores in Westminster and Eldersburg was recovered, police said.

In all, more than $10,000 worth of winter sports jackets, videos, computer games and tools were stolen from large discount stores in Carroll County, police said.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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