The Carroll County Sheriff's Office says deputies captured 21 year old Allen Harmer Friday morning after he stole a Toyota and approximately $6,000 worth of hunting rifles and other equipment from unlocked vehicles parked at a condominium complex.
Authorities got the call around six a.m. from a resident reporting that his Toyota Rav 4 had been stolen, which was left in the parking lot unlocked with the keys inside. Shortly afterwards, a second call was received reporting the theft of hunting rifles and equipment. Deputies saw the vehicle traveling along Rudy-Serra Drive and stopped the Toyota. They said Harmer appeared intoxicated and was taken into custody without incident.
At least 12 other vehicles were entered and rummaged through overnight. The rifles and hunting equipment were also located and returned to their owner.
According to the previous year’s Crime in Maryland Report, serious property crimes account for 85% of all crime in Carroll. Further, Sheriff’s Office investigators estimate the theft of electronics, tools, cash and other valuables from unlocked vehicles, sheds and homes account for almost three-fourths of those crimes. Residents are reminded to remove valuables from sight, roll-up car windows and lock car doors when leaving their vehicle unattended. Also, residents are asked to report unfamiliar vehicles and persons roaming neighborhoods and parking lots during the late evening and early morning hours.
Harmer is charged with Auto Theft, Theft, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving on a Suspended License.