BY BRYNA ZUMER, firstname.lastname@example.org
3:26 PM EST, December 28, 2012
Three Harford County residents were held without bond Friday on burglary charges, including an engaged couple accused of stealing more than $12,000 in jewelry, money and religious valuables.
The couple from Havre de Grace, Rachel Marie Brown and Christopher Allan Milburn, both 21, and both from the 100 block of Darlington Road, are charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary of a dwelling, theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and vandalism.
They repeatedly burglarized the home of a couple they know and who may be related to them, according to the statement of charges.
Brown, who has a 3-year-old son, and Milburn allegedly broke into the home in the 100 block of Northway Drive in Havre de Grace on Sept. 6.
They allegedly stole a silver box containing two gold crosses and a Virgin Mary medal. They also allegedly stole a necklace, six rings and cash. The items are collectively valued at about $12,115, according to the statement of charges.
One of the victims told police Brown has burglarized her home in the past, but she has refused to press charges.
Public Defender Lynne McChrystal told District Court Judge Mimi Cooper during Friday's bail review that Milburn works at a construction company and recently checked out of a rehabilitation program after two weeks there. Brown also just completed a treatment program, McChrystal said.
Brown, who was at the Harford County Detention Center and seen via closed-circuit television, told Cooper she was arrested right after returning home from the treatment facility.
Brown was also accused of two burglaries in Baltimore County, one that included possession of a firearm, an assistant state's attorney told Cooper.
Cooper ordered both to be held without bond, saying: "There is also a rifle that was allegedly stolen as part of this proceeding."
Michael Simpers Jr., 22, of the first block of Grove Street in Aberdeen, was also held without bond on charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary theft, theft between $1,000 to $10,000, theft under $1,000, theft under $100, trespassing and vandalism.
He "already confessed" to the incident, which allegedly involved stealing firearms, in the statement of charges, Cooper said. Further details on the incident were not immediately available.
When he was confronted by his father, he admitted to breaking into a neighbor's house to get guns and said he planned to go back to get more, according to an assistant state's attorney.
McChrystal said he works as a subcontractor doing roofing and has been in Harford County for 22 years.