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Harford's Helicopter Leads Deputies to 7-Eleven Thief: Sheriff

A Bel Air man is charged in the theft from the convenience store, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported.

Eagle 1, the helicopter owned by the Harford County Sheriff's Office. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
Eagle 1, the helicopter owned by the Harford County Sheriff's Office. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
A man has been charged in connection with a robbery at an Edgewood 7-Eleven after officers in the Harford County Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted him more than half a mile from the scene of the crime, the sheriff's office reported.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, deputies responded to the convenience store in the 1000 block of Gateway Road, where a man had gone behind the counter and emptied the cash register while the manager was in another room, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported.

Eagle 1, the Harford County Sheriff's Office helicopter, was in the area returning from a mission requested by the Maryland State Police JFK barrack, and in under two minutes, located the suspect headed toward Woodbridge Center Way, the sheriff's office reported.

Officers in the air guided deputies on the ground to the suspect, and after a brief foot pursuit, deputies took the man into custody, according to the report.

Christopher Vananzo, 28, of the 200 block of Temple Drive in Bel Air, was charged in connection with the incident, the report said.

Vananzo was taken into custody, and the stolen property was returned to the owner of the 7-Eleven, the report said.

Venanzo was charged with theft less than $1,000, according to online court records.

The sheriff's office reported he was being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $2,500 bond.

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Philip Einhorn June 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Wow!! These Gahler people never know when to shut up. This helicopter once again shows why Sheriff Bane is far more qualified than an ex State Police Officer.
Philip Einhorn June 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Oh, did I read that the helicopter was assisting the State Police prior to the burglary call? I thought so. I guess the current State Police are glad we have the helicopter.
Harfordlifetimer June 25, 2014 at 08:44 PM
It cost the sheriff's department 3500 dollars to catch this guy and all he stole was a 100 bucks.... Lol I'm glad to see my tax money spent well... Anybody would be a better sheriff then Jesse bane
Harfordlifetimer June 25, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Atleast Jesse bane will be gone after the general election
Gary Elwards June 29, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Just curious. What exactly should the formula be to try to catch a thief? If he (or she) steals only $100, then only spend $100 looking for him? Anybody who is capable of such a blatant act as to go behind the counter and empty a cash register is capable of much worse. He should have been hunted down at any cost. The real problem is the court system that will smack him on the wrist and free him to do it again and again.

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