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Three arrested after vehicle break-ins

July 01, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Donna Guessford was asleep when a man entered her unlocked pickup truck parked in front of her Spielman Road home and stole her cassette player. The thief went on to enter and ransack her boyfriend's two cars parked nearby.

"I didn't hear a thing. The air conditioning was on and it's hard to hear from the bedroom," she said.

Her boyfriend Phil Gift noticed the items taken when he left the house to drive to work around 6 a.m. Wednesday, she said.

She was angry when she saw what happened, said Guessford, 38.

"There's no sense in taking something that doesn't belong to you," she said.

Guessford was one of at least seven people to have their cars broken into during the early hours of June 30, according to Maryland State Police Det. Sgt. Rob Turano.

Cody Reed, 18, of 9916 Old National Pike, Big Pool and Jason L. Gross, 20, of 12942 Pectonville Road, Big Pool, and a 17-year-old male, were arrested Wednesday after police received a description of their pickup truck in the Downsville area.

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The caller said the men were throwing items out of the truck, he said.

They were apprehended on Falling Waters Road at 3:30 a.m., police said.

Reed and Gross have been charged with at least three counts of felony theft, four counts misdemeanor theft, two counts of felony malicious destruction of property.

Both were released on their own recognizance Thursday.

Turano said Reed and Gross did not have prior arrests for thefts.

Information on the minor was unavailable.

The men allegedly broke into numerous cars throughout the county on Wednesday taking stereos, tires, baseball equipment, money, watches, sunglasses and other property, police said. They may also have entered cars prior to Wednesday, Turano said.

Turano believes there are more victims out there. Some may have hesitated to contact police for whatever reason or may not realized they have been victimized if they don't regularly lock their cars, he said.

Property was recovered that police have been unable to match with its owners, he said.

He recommends people check their cars for damage or if anything is missing and report it.

"Most of the cars were locked and secured. They broke the windows with baseball bats," said Turano.

The majority of the cars were parked in front of homes, others were at area park-n-rides, police said.

Guessford and Gift did not lock their cars because a dusk-to-dawn light illuminates the area, said Guessford.

"We thought they'd be OK," she said.

She is relieved she didn't lock the doors because the thieves likely would have smashed a window to get inside which would have added to the expense, said Guessford.

"If they're determined enough they'll find a way in," she said.

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