Maryland residents might be surprised to learn that a new research study shows adults can be persuaded that they are guilty of crimes they did not commit more than 70 percent of the time. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom and the University of British Columbia in Canada, indicated that false memories of crime participation could be generated in as little as three hours by a friendly interrogator who introduces true and false details into conversation with a subject.
A report of armed robbery at a Hanover Exxon station resulted in the arrest of three men on unrelated charges the next day. On Jan. 9, As the police were responding to the report of the robbery on Jan. 8 at approximately 9:51 p.m., they saw a 2011 Jaguar leaving the gas station with two men inside and pursued it. Police caught up with the driver and his passenger when the car became immobile in the median of southbound 295 near Powder Mill Road.
On Dec. 22, a 22-year-old District Heights man was taken into custody in connection with a series of thefts around Ballston. He is suspected of stealing at least 40 delivered packages from residential porches over the last few months.