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Victim's relative helps stymie car-theft attempt

A Shady Side woman who saw her car being stolen contacted a relative, who blocked the only exit from the neighborhood, forcing the driver to back it into a ditch, police said.

The woman told police about 4 p.m. Tuesday that she had seen three men take her Mercury sedan, which was parked in front of her home on Columbia Beach Road. She contacted her stepfather, who blocked the exit from the neighborhood, police said.

The driver of the Mercury tried to turn around but backed into a ditch. The three men ran into nearby woods, but police used dogs and a helicopter to find them.

Arrested and charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle were Jarrod Antonio Coleman, 19, of Upper Marlboro; Richard Delonta Holmes, 18, of Washington; and Vernon Edward Clemmons, 18, of Hyattsville.

Shoplifting thwarted at Lowe's in Severn

An employee of a home improvement store in Severn thwarted a shoplifting by wresting a nail gun wrapped in aluminum foil from the would-be thief, police said.

A man who entered the Lowe's in the 400 block of George Clauss Blvd. about 2 p.m. Tuesday with a roll of aluminum foil removed a nail gun from its packaging and wrapped it in foil and then left the store. An employee tried to stop the man and engaged in a tugging battle over the nail gun, police said.

The employee eventually retrieved the merchandise.

Another employee took pictures of the man and his Ford Ranger pickup truck, with Maryland plates 09T121, police said. Police searched the area but were unable to find the truck. The investigation was continuing.

$3,000 in tools stolen from Annapolis store

About $3,000 in tools were stolen from an Annapolis business, police said.

A burglar alarm sounded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday at Capital Lighting & Supply in the 1800 block of George Ave. Police said a pane of glass in the front door had been displaced.

Man arrested after syringes found in car

A man who was gesturing to draw the attention of pedestrians on Clay Street in Annapolis had a sock filled with syringes and materials used to prepare heroin in his car, police said.

Police pulled over Michael Shawn Kemp, 26, of Hampton Road after they noticed him motioning to passers-by about 4 p.m. Tuesday. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and his 1997 Chevrolet was seized, police said.

Video game, medication taken from home

A man knocked on the door of a Glen Burnie woman's home, asked to use her phone and then stole her video game system, medication and cell phone, county police said.

The man, known to the victim as "Kevin," appeared at the home in the 7400 block of Furnace Branch Road about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Once inside, he pulled out a black handgun and put a video game system in a duffel bag. He rifled through the woman's purse and took a bottle of medication and phone before running out the door.

Officers using police dogs were unable to find him.

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