For Immediate Release 2/11/2015
Delaware resident and Ravens season ticket holder, Jerome Kossol, drove his 2013 Chrystler 200 to the Patapsco light rail station to ride the light rail to M&T Bank Stadium on September 28, 2014. That night, Kossol watched the Ravens win 38-10 against the Carolina Panthers, but he lost his car to Terrell Myers.
Myers, who was convicted yesterday of his ninth auto related crime, was found guilty of theft of property of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000.
On September 30, 2014 Baltimore County Detective, Justin Warnick, who is assigned to the Regional Auto Theft Taskforce (RATT), was in the field performing routine tag checks in the 3500 block of 5th Street. Warnick discovered the vehicle was reported stolen two days prior, and waited with Detective Stephen Halstead for three hours to confront the driver of the vehicle. Eventually, Meyers returned to the vehicle carrying a spare key fob that was locked in the glovebox the night the vehicle was reported stolen. Meyers was arrested on scene.
“It’s a quality of life issue,” Assistant State’s Attorney Alexander Huggins said about the case. “A lot of times, people think that the high profile cases are the only ones that get prosecuted. A stolen car might not matter to someone else, but when you’re the victim it impacts you greatly—quality of life crimes have a big impact on the citizens of Baltimore.”
RATT is a regional partnership made up of Maryland State Police, and Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police. RATT members employ plate reading technology to proactively scan for stolen vehicles.
“When people visit Baltimore I want them to be safe and I want them to have a good time. I love this City, and it has so much to offer our visitors— I’m happy that Detectives Warnick and Halstead were able to recover Mr. Kossol’s vehicle, and equally as pleased with the fine work done by Alexander at trial. I hope when this is all over, this career auto thief chooses a new line of work.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
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