A Howard County grand jury has indicted two Baltimore men in connection with a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries two months ago in east Columbia.

Davon Alexander Jones, 18, of the 6400 block of Laurelton Drive, and Sylvester Joseph Johnson, 34, of the 3300 block of W. Rogers Avenue, were indicted Wednesday, July 18 on 12 counts of burglary and other charges. The indictments stem from two incidents occurring five days apart.

The men were charged for a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries of 12 east Columbia restaurants and businesses on May 30 along Dobbin Road, Dobbin Center Way, Snowden River Parkway and Oakland Mills Road. Police said that between 2 - 6 a.m., the pair shattered windows and doors took more than $900 in cash from five businesses.

The affected businesses were: Tan Stand, Pei Wei, Max Muscle, LA Boxing, Sport Clips, Qdoba, Domino's Pizza, Comics to Astonish, Royal Pizza, Ledo Pizza, Han's Cleaners and Sushi King.


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The two men also were indicted in the May 25 burglary of a Papa John's located in the 8800 block of Gorman Road in North Laurel.

Howard County detectives worked with investigators from area jurisdictions and identified other cases that appeared to be linked. Baltimore County detectives developed suspect information and arrested Jones and Johnson. Howard County Police reviewed their evidence and announced on June 15 that they had charged the two Baltimore men as well.