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Gun theft sus­pect ac­cused of im­per­son­at­ing law­man

Rod­ney Del­ray Tay­lor, 52, of Hol­ly­wood was jailed with­out bond this week on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he falsely claimed to be a law of­fi­cer while com­mit­ting a bur­glary and steal­ing guns and money last sum­mer from a home in Park Hall.

A predawn vis­i­tor on Sept. 17 to Paul Antonovich’s res­i­dence knocked on the front door and iden­ti­fied him­self as an “un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer” be­fore he was al­lowed into the home, and left with prop­erty val­ued at $3,139 in­clud­ing three hand­guns, a ri­fle, cur­rency and a debit card, ac­cord­ing to a charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed a month later through an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s de­tec­tive Cpl. Melissa Hulse.

The man tak­ing the items “en­sured the vic­tim he would re­turn the items later in the day,” the charg­ing pa­pers state, but sev­eral hours later, the debit card was be­ing used at an ATM in Lex­ing­ton Park, where in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­view­ing sur­veil­lance video de­vel­oped Tay­lor as a sus­pect in the case. Dur­ing po­lice ques­tion­ing, the court pa­pers state, Tay­lor “ad­mit­ted to be­ing at the vic­tim’s home, [but] de­nied tak­ing any of his prop­erty.”

Sus­pect re­leased after be­ing charged with as­sault

A court com­mis­sioner found no prob­a­ble cause this week to de­tain Mark A. Bal­ti­more, 52, of Mar­bury on charges in­clud­ing first-de­gree as­sault in court pa­pers al­leg­ing he bran­dished a pocket knife to­ward his es­tranged wife in Lex­ing­ton Park.

The woman flagged down a law of­fi­cer early Tues­day morn­ing out­side an Es­sex Drive res­i­dence and pointed at Bal­ti­more while shout­ing “lock him up,” court pa­pers state, be­fore the sus­pect, ap­proach­ing the of­fi­cer, “ad­vised he did not do any­thing, and re­lin­quished his pocket knife.”

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the woman’s claim that Bal­ti­more had held the knife to­ward her, “the de­ci­sion was reached to let Bal­ti­more walk to a friend’s house,” sher­iff’s deputy Robert Chase wrote in a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause, “but [he] re­turned while I was speak­ing to [the woman] and be­gan scream­ing and threat­en­ing her life.”

Bal­ti­more also was charged with dis­or­derly con­duct and re­sist­ing ar­rest in the court pa­pers al­leg­ing “he had to be taken to the ground” to be hand­cuffed, and that he com­plied to get into a po­lice ve­hi­cle only “after a use of force.”

Vir­ginia teenager jailed on gun charges at St. Mary’s mo­tel

John Cur­tis Reeves, a 17-year-old res­i­dent of King Ge­orge, Va., was jailed this week in St. Mary’s after he was charged as an adult with weapons of­fenses in court pa­pers al­leg­ing po­lice found him in a mo­tel room with an un­loaded pis­tol in his waist­band.

Dur­ing the Tues­day night in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the Mo­tel 6 in Lex­ing­ton Park, law of­fi­cers found am­mu­ni­tion in a back­pack the teenager was wear­ing, and he ad­mit­ted steal­ing the gun the night be­fore, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed by Mary­land State Po­lice Trooper Evan Rug­gles. Reeves also ad­mit­ted tak­ing a ve­hi­cle last month in Me­chan­icsville, court pa­pers state, and a po­lice search of the ve­hi­cle, no­ticed by the mo­tel’s man­ager, found two un­reg­is­tered shot­guns and three un­reg­is­tered ri­fles. In ad­di­tion to six weapons and am­mu­ni­tion of­fenses, Reeves was ac­cused through the charg­ing pa­pers of tak­ing Jen­nifer Louise Groht’s Toy­ota High­lander and steal­ing a hand­gun, its mag­a­zine, a watch and cigar kit owned by Mark McLean.

Sher­iff posts news on blog

The St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice posts news and in­for­ma­tion on in­ci­dents and ar­rests, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs of sus­pects, on­line at http://first­sher­iff.blogspot.com. The sher­iff’s of­fice also posts sur­veil­lance im­ages and other in­for­ma­tion on the web­site when the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance is be­ing sought dur­ing on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and the web­site’s links in­clude ac­cess to NIXLE alerts and sher­iff’s of­fice Twit­ter posts.


Mark Tas­ciotti, right, St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice re­cruiter, con­grat­u­lates cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer Seth Robles, who was one of four grad­u­ates last week of a cor­rec­tions en­trance level train­ing pro­gram taught at the South­ern Mary­land Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Academy.

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