Local digest: Camera hidden in school restroom; arrests in Burke burglaries

March 22, 2013
MARYLAND
Camera hidden in school bathroom

An Anne Arundel police officer assigned to a county high school has been suspended after authorities say he installed a camera in a boys’ bathroom.

Police said a student found the camera Wednesday in a top corner of the restroom at Glen Burnie High School on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. He told administrators that he felt “uncomfortable using the restroom as a result.”

An investigation led to the officer, Anne Arundel County police said in a statement. They did not name the officer but said he is a 14-year veteran of the department who is assigned as a school resource officer.

Police said the officer installed the camera “on his own volition, without knowledge of the police department or the school system.” The police said they had found no images or recordings stored on the camera.

— Peter Hermann and Lynh Bui

VIRGINIA
Two charged in Burke burglaries

Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a string of burglaries in the Burke area, according to Fairfax County police.

Andrew Kovch, 27, and Jimmy Le, 23, have been charged with burglary, attempted burglary and grand larceny, police said.

In the first incident, police responded to a burglary in the 9800 block of Lake Meadow Court just before 1 p.m Tuesday. Ten minutes later, they responded to an alarm at a residence in the 10000 block of Waterside Drive, where a door had been forcibly opened.

Later in the afternoon, they responded to a call from the 8600 block of Norfolk Avenue after a woman reported that she had seen an unknown man in her home.

Police stopped a vehicle matching the descriptions given by witnesses in the burglaries. Police said the officers found the driver was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, and they also discovered more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a loaded revolver, a mask and gloves inside the car.

Police said they also found property inside the car linking the suspects to the burglaries.

— James Arkin

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