32 air bags seized in raid are linked to multistate probe


Baltimore police raided a southeast city business yesterday as part of a multistate investigation into the theft of air bags that allegedly had been shipped from the city to Michigan.

Lt. Paul Blair, of the Regional Auto Theft Team, said 32 air bags were seized from two buildings leased by Maryland Core Inc. at Crown Industrial Park in the 4400 block of Eastern Ave.

No arrests were made, but Blair said investigators questioned four employees, including the owner, Ray Aizen. Police said they also searched his Reisterstown home.

Blair said the monthlong investigation began when police in Michigan seized 140 air bags that allegedly were stolen from cars in southern Maryland and Northern Virginia and shipped from the Eastern Avenue business.

Aizen said yesterday that he shipped the bags, but did not know they were stolen. He said police seized computer shipping records from his office and home.

"There is no way for me to know if they are stolen," he said, adding that he does not anticipate criminal charges being filed against him. "I just do the shipping."

Pub Date: 6/24/98

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