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Clear Spring man charged with theft of vehicle from HCC lot

September 25, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Less than 24 hours after a student's car was stolen from a Hagerstown Community College parking lot, Maryland State Police spotted the stolen vehicle and arrested the driver, according to documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Johnny Wallace Walker, 18, of 12806 Independence Road in Clear Spring, was charged Tuesday with motor vehicle theft and other crimes, court records show.

The car's owner, Zhayran Islamovna Akhmedova, told police she was typing a paper at HCC's library Monday evening when she walked outside to talk on her cell phone between 7 and 7:30 p.m., Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Travis Brown wrote in charging documents. Akhmedova thought she had taken her pocketbook outside with her, but when she returned to the library she noticed it was missing, Brown wrote. A campus security officer found the pocketbook in the men's bathroom, and Akhmedova discovered $50 and her car keys with a keyless entry device were missing, Brown wrote. She rode with the security officer to the north parking lot, where she had left her 2007 Toyota Scion TC, and discovered the vehicle was missing, Brown wrote.

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Brown spotted the Scion at about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday on westbound U.S. 40 at Cannon Avenue, he wrote. Brown followed the car until Hagerstown Police Department backup arrived, then attempted to pull it over, he wrote. The driver fled, but eventually stopped in the 800 block of Maryland Avenue, Brown wrote.

Walker, who had an HCC student identification card, also was charged with theft of more than $500 in value, theft of less than $500 in value, attempting to elude police by failing to stop, failure to stop at a stop sign and driving without a license, court records show.

He was being held on $75,000 bond Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center, according to a spokesman there.

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