Natural Resources Police / Purloined Park Pass Passer Pointed to Slammer for Ninety Days
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DUNDALK, MD. — A Dundalk man was found guilty on June 8, 2017, in Baltimore County District Court of stealing Maryland state park passes and waterfowl hunting stamps, and selling them online.
Charles Edward Ruddlesden Jr., 26, of 1813 Merritt Blvd., Dundalk, Md., was sentenced to 90 days in the Baltimore County Detention Center and was ordered to pay $150 in restitution to the state.
In 2016, Maryland Natural Resources Police learned that Ruddlesden was selling then-current Maryland State Park and Trail Passports at discounted prices of $20 each or three for $50. The passes, which provide unlimited day-use admission to Maryland state parks for a calendar year, retail for $75 for Maryland residents and $100 for out-of-state residents.
Officer Lathroum arranged to meet Ruddlesden to buy five passes for $80. After the transaction, officers arrested Ruddlesden and found two additional passes in his pants pocket. He also had three Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamps, each valued at $9.
AUDIT REVEALED STATE PARKS SYSTEM DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THE STAMPS WERE MISSING!
An inventory conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources service center in Baltimore County determined that 30 passes and 11 stamps were missing. The remaining stolen passes and stamps were not recovered.
The taxpayers of Maryland will be glad to know that after this dirtbag stole state park passes, that he received a taxpayer-provided free attorney so he wouldn’t have to dip into his own funds to pay for a lawyer.
Ruddlesden was indicted on charges of assault and attempted murder in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Sept. 7, 2010. In a plea deal with the Baltimore County States Attorney on July 19, 2011, he entered a guilty plea in return for a sentence of ten years in prison with all but the time already served and the balance suspended.