A Mount Airy man was arrested after a car was stolen from the parking lot of the Sheetz at 6050 Buckeystown Pike, officials said.

Dennis Lee Smith Jr., 47, was taken into custody by Frederick County sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 17 after deputies reviewed the store’s video footage. At about 5:30 p.m., a white man in blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket walked around the car, looked inside, got in it and drove away, heading south toward Guilford Drive.

Later that evening, authorities responded to Manor Woods Road after a suspicious vehicle matching the description of the stolen car was reported. Witnesses saw a man who matched the description of the one in the security footage exit the car and run to a nearby farm, according to a news release.

A police dog led deputies to a large brush pile on the property where they eventually arrested Smith.

In the release, the sheriff’s office reiterated that leaving a vehicle unoccupied with the keys inside is illegal and unsafe. The agency urged residents to keep their car keys with them and their vehicle locked after parking and exiting it.

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No joke I did a ride along with an Officer (undisclosed name) some years back. Knew the pup to while off duty. Pup was kind hearted, playful but satin comes out of him when on duty. Sitting in front seat with pup behind me his hot breath bared down on me along with slobber hitting my neck. Glad there was a separation of metal there. He received a call in for assistance and it was off Linganore Rd. When we stopped in the location last seen of the suspect the pup somehow knew he was next. Back then it was`t no leash law and the pup after picking up a sent took off running like Jessie Owens. Officer said it was ok to get out of squad car. The pup announced with barking he had him, no sound until that point. When we walked to the location in the woods this suspect was begging and yelling I give up. I was instructed to go back to squad car and the whole walk back made me realize that tomorrow being off duty the pup will let me pet and play with him. Very intelligent animals they are.


No photo was displayed of the thief. Maybe after meeting Officer K-9 the thief went[scared][scared][scared]and was to traumatized for a pic[smile]


Whoever owned the car was asking for it to be stolen. But why did the thief keep it so long he must have known that the police would be looking for it.


The owner was asking for it? Same way women in short skirts are "asking for it?"


I hope the driver of the car that was stolen was issued a citation for leaving the keys in the car in the first place. Another citation for extreme stupidity would be in order also.


Yes, but the thief was equally stupid.


Oh, I agree, Dick, but without the keys there would have been no theft.


See FNP commentators had a good funny in away story trashed and followed all the Oden rules!!!!!!! I will notify the proper group to intervene this, choose to post company tomorrow[smile]

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