Police: Would-be car thief didn't realize owner was in vehicle

8:56 AM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Anne Arundel County police say a woman sitting in her car on Tuesday morning in Laurel, Md. was surprised to see a stranger enter and start rummaging through her console.

Police say the incident happened outside the Kindercare in the 3500  block of Russett Common at approximately 8:15 a.m. The man apparently didn't know that she was there when he opened the driver's side door (it appears the woman was sitting in a different seat). When she shouted at the man he fled to another vehicle, which drove away, according to police.

The woman was able to get the car's license plate number and told officers, say police.

Police say they determined the suspect's car was a rental from out of state. They notified other jurisdictions and the vehicle was then spotted in a hotel parking lot in Bowie. Police there saw people get out of the vehicle. Police say they arrested those people along with two others.

Police also say they found property linking four people to car thefts in Virginia and Missouri after searching two hotel rooms and the car.

Police identified the four people as 23-year-old Leonard Wright, 22-year-old Chadrick Owens, 24-year-old Kenneth Hall, and 29-year-old Gerald Lee, all from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Police tell us Wright was the one who entered the woman's car with her inside. He has been charged with Rogue and Vagabond and Attempted Theft Less Than $100. 

Police sya Owens was charged with Rogue and Vagabond and Conspiracy to Commit Theft and False Statement to Police. Hall and Lee were both charged with Rogue and Vagabond and Conspiracy to Commit Theft.


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