Suspect charged in Battle Acre gates theft
Friday, 15 August 2014 12:07
Baltimore County Police have charged a Dundalk man in connection with the theft of two historic gates from Battle Acre Park in Dundalk in June.
    George Elias Sotirakis, 34, of the 2500 block of W. Woodwell Road, is charged with theft from $10,000 to under $100,000. He has been released on $50,000 bail.
    A contractor working on renovations at the park noticed that two 100-year-old gates were missing on June 30. The gates were last seen on June 25.
    The gates had a replacement value of $4,000 and an estimated actual value of $10,000 due to their historic nature.
    Detectives identified Sotirakis as a suspect through surveillance video, information from local scrap yards, and other investigative methods. Detectives believe that the gates have already been scrapped.
    The incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Pawn, Precious Metals and Scrap Metal Team.
    Battle Acre Park is part of the field on which the Battle of North Point was fought in 1814.