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Prince George's man charged in Columbia computer thefts


Pawnshop receipts led Howard County detectives to a Prince George's County man who is accused of twice stealing thousands of dollars of computer equipment from a Columbia business.

Police have recovered nearly all the property -- worth more than $40,000 -- stolen April 7 and May 20 from the Symphony Mobilex, a portable X-ray and electrocardiogram company in Oakland Mills, said Sgt. George Belleville, a property crimes supervisor.

Detectives arrested the suspect after making routine checks for stolen computers at area pawnshops, Belleville said.

"Without the pawn records, we would not have closed the case," Belleville said.

Hours after the first burglary, two $16,000 digitizers, five fax machines and a computer monitor -- all worth about $35,000 -- were sold to Parkway Pawn in the 5600 block of Annapolis Road in Bladensburg, according to court records.

The seller was paid $700 by the pawnshop, said Detective Ed Sprinkle.

After the May 20 burglary, about $2,500 in computer equipment was sold to a different pawnshop for $350, Sprinkle said.

Charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property is Anthony Christopher Nixon, 24, of the 3500 block of 37th St. in Mount Rainier.

Police are investigating the thefts of computers from two dozen office buildings since March.

Pub Date: 5/29/98

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