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Woman charged with passing counterfeit bills


County police arrested a Crownsville woman Thursday on charges of passing phony $20 bills at fast-food restaurants in Annapolis Mall.

An employee at Steak Escape in the mall's food court called police about 3: 30 p.m. Wednesday when he found a counterfeit $20 bill in the register, police said.

Officer Sandor Barnes checked with other restaurants in the food court and found three others that had received counterfeit bills, police said.

Police found a security tape at one restaurant and identified a man and woman suspected of passing the bills. They went to the woman's house in the 1500 block of Severn Chapel Road Thursday morning and arrested her.

Police did not find the male suspect. They turned the case over to the U.S. Secret Service.

Faythe Africa, 19, was charged with passing forged currency and theft.

A youth with a knife jumped out of the woods near the 600 block of Chapelgate Drive in Odenton shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday and robbed a 14-year-old boy of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

The assailant was described as black, age 16 or 17, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 170 pounds and dark complexion. He was wearing a black scarf over the lower portion of his face, a dark blue bandanna over his head, camouflage pants, tan Timberland boots, and a waist-length Tommy Hilfiger green jacket with red sleeves.

A woman who claimed she had a weapon hidden in the jacket wrapped around her hand robbed a Pasadena doughnut shop Thursday and 30 minutes later tried to rob a Pasadena liquor store, county police said.

The woman demanded money of a clerk at the Dunkin Donuts in the 8400 block of Fort Smallwood Road just before 7 p.m. The clerk gave the woman money and she left, police said.

A half-hour later, the woman walked into Key Bridge Liquors in the 7200 block of Fort Smallwood Road with a jacket wrapped around her hand and demanded money. The clerk ducked behind the counter and the woman fled, police said.

The woman is described as white, age 25 to 30, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 160 and 175 pounds. She has reddish-brown shoulder-length hair and was wearing dark pants, a white shirt and blue sweat jacket.

Two men arrested on burglary charges

County police arrested two men early Friday on charges of burglarizing a Severna Park store.

Officers went to the Paper Mill in the first block of McKinsey Road just after 3 a.m. after a burglar alarm went off. They found the front door had been pried open, but no one was inside.

Members of a delivery crew told police they had seen two men leave in a car just as the alarm sounded and gave the officers a description. Soon afterward, Officer Anthony Tortorici spotted a car fitting the description turn onto northbound Route 10.

Tortorici followed the car to Furnace Branch Road, where Officer Mark Fraser joined him to pull the car over, police said. The driver and passenger jumped out and ran, but Tortorici and Fraser caught them.

Inside the 1988 Oldsmobile, police found large amounts of cash and several pry tools.

William Henry Shipley, 31, of no fixed address, and Roger Lee Wright, 36, of the 2400 block of Herkimer St. in Baltimore were charged with burglary and theft.

Three motorcycles stolen in area Thursday

Three residents of Pasadena, Glen Burnie and Annapolis reported their motorcycles were stolen Thursday, county police said. It was unclear, however, whether the cases were related.

Police got the first call about 9 a.m. Emmett Jones said his 1996 Suzuki was taken from the parking lot at his townhouse complex in the 1100 block of Riverboat Court in Annapolis.

Colleen Mekok, of the 6700 block of White Water Court in Glen Burnie, reported just after 10 a.m. that her $8,500 1997 Suzuki motorcycle was stolen from the parking lot of her townhouse complex.

Jeffrey Sprouse said his 1996 Honda worth $7,800 was taken from the 7800 block of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena overnight Wednesday. Sprouse said he had a lock on the motorcycle.

Police Log

Pasadena: Six rifles worth $1,375 were reported stolen Thursday from a house in the 700 block of 224th St.

Annapolis: Someone broke into a house in the 2100 block of Glenfield Road Thursday and stole a television, camera and other electronic equipment, all worth $1,900.


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Pub Date: 10/26/97

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