Mt. Airy Man Charged With Stealing Motor Vehicle

He was apprehended after being found under a pile of brush.



Frederick, Md (KM) The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to lock their cars and take their keys. This follows the apprehension of a suspect whole stole a motor vehicle last week.

Late Wednesday afternoon, October 17th, deputies responded to the Sheetz store on Buckeystown Pike to investigate a car theft. The owner parked the vehicle outside, and went into store. The victim came out, and noticed the vehicle traveling south on Buckeystown Pike toward Guilford Drive.

A search of the area failed to turn up the car. But authorities were able to review  security camera video which had a picture of the suspect. They saw a white male with blue jeans and dark colored jacket who walked around the vehicle and looked inside. He got inside, started  up the vehicle, and drove away.

Later that evening, deputies responded to Manor Woods Road for a suspicious vehicle which matched the description of the stolen vehicle. Witnesses say they noticed a man, whose description matched the suspect seen in the footage, getting out of the vehicle and heading toward a nearby farm. A canine track was conducted, and the suspect was found hiding in a large brush pile. Dennis Lee Smith, 47, of Mount Airy surrendered to deputies and was taken into custody without incident.

Smith was taken to Central booking for processing.


By Kevin McManus