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Worker aids capture of robbery suspects


A Gambrills construction worker helped police capture two men who were then charged with stealing $13,500 worth of construction equipment Sunday from a Severn site where he had worked, county police said.

Robert Allan Vennik, 30, of the 1400 block of Hale St. in Odenton and William Joseph Cowen, 30, of the 1400 block of Maryland Ave. in Severn were charged with felony theft.

Police said Ray Chapman, an employee of Williams Brothers Paving, was southbound on Route 3 shortly before 1 a.m. when he saw a 1979 two-tone brown GMC Suburban towing a trailer with a small tractor and a paving roller.

Chapman recognized the equipment from a job he had worked on in the 7400 block of Sandy Farm Road. He followed the truck to Route 450, getting a description of the driver and passenger, police said.

Chapman called his employer, George N. Williams of Gambrills, telling him what he had seen, then drove to the construction site, found that the items were missing and called police, police said.

About 2 1/2 hours later, Cpl. Stephen Swann saw a two-tone, brown Suburban northbound on Route 3, but it was not towing a trailer. Swann stopped the truck and told the occupants about the theft, but both men denied any knowledge of it, police said.

Police brought Chapman to the scene, and he identified the driver, passenger and the truck, police said. Officers arrested the men but did not recover the items.

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