One report of a carjacking on Monday resulted in 11 hours of police work involving six detectives, 10 officers, one barking dog and a harrowing tale from the alleged victim, Jeffrey Allen Wolford.
In the end, the half-day investigation circled right back to where it began—with Wolford.
Police arrested the 43-year-old Parkville man and charged him with making up the carjacking story as a cover for his intentions to steal from vehicles in Gungarth Court.
Wolford, of the 3400 block of Northwind Road, was charged with making a false statement to an officer and disorderly conduct, court records show.
The bizarre chain of events began shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday, when a homeowner near Gungarth Court reported a suspicious man walking in the cul-de-sac. She told police that her dog barked at the man, who began running toward Gunpowder Farm Road, according to a police report.
When officers arrived in the neighborhood, they found a white 2004 Dodge Dakota truck parked along Gunpowder Farm Road—it was unusually parked and had been left unlocked with keys in the ignition.
The vehicle belonged to Wolford. Wolford has previously been charged with burglary and theft from vehicles, according to a police report.
Shortly before 5 a.m., Wolford entered the on the 9800 block of Belair Road and asked an employee to call 911 because he had been carjacked. Wolford claimed that a man stepped in front of his truck, covered his head, hit him on the head with a stick, tied him up and stole his shoes, watch, money and truck, according to the police report.
Wolford told police that after losing consciousness for three hours, he woke up nearly two miles away from where he was carjacked, in the field between Forge Road, Belair Road and Honeygo Boulevard.
When an officer asked Wolford additional questions about the alleged carjacking, Wolford became angry and started a disturbance in the CVS/Pharmacy, police said. The officer then arrested Wolford, who was taken to the and for treatment, according to a police report.
Several police officers from the White Marsh and Parkville precincts canvassed the area between Gungarth and Belair Road. A watch, shoes and leather gloves were each found scattered across the area. By 11 a.m., a family member of Wolford confirmed that the watch and shoes belonged to him. Additional pieces of his property were found inside the truck.
Wolford later told police on Monday afternoon that his original report was false and that he originally drove to Gunpowder Farm Road to steal from vehicles, but ran off when a dog barked at him, according to the police report. He decided to report the carjacking after he saw police outside his truck, according to the report.
Wolford added that he has recently faced financial difficulties. He apologized and asked not to be charged, the police report states.
Investigators found that six detectives and more than 10 officers responded to the false claim over an 11-hour period.
Wolford is scheduled to appear in court on May 31 on the false statement and disorderly conduct charges.
Lt. Ron Brooks of the White Marsh police precinct said police are investigating any possible connections between Wolford and recent thefts from vehicles in the area.