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Two Hampden men arrested for burglaries from cars in Rodgers Forge

By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com

5:43 PM EST, January 30, 2013

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A pair of North Baltimore residents were arrested this weekend in Rodgers Forge and found in possession of items stolen from several cars, Baltimore County Police said Thursday.

According to Cpl. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman, officers responded to a call at 5:23 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a report of suspicious persons. The caller saw two white males checking the door handle of cars on the street, Batton said.

Officers observed the two men fleeing when they arrived, and set up a perimeter to contain the burglars.

Brian Becker, 21 of the 1500 block of West 36th Street in Hampden, was found behind a home in the 100 block of Stevenson Lane, and was in possession of a GPS device, loose change, a debit card, and a credit card stolen from the vehicles, Batton said.

John Fortin, 19 of the 3600 block of Keswick Avenue in Hampden, was found behind the house next door with several GPS devices and iPods.

Batton said the pair were connected to nine thefts from vehicles in the 200 block of South Tyrone Road, located in the Towson enclave of Armagh Village next to Rodgers Forge.

Police also recovered property from three thefts from vehicles in Baltimore City, and are attempting to identify where other stolen items were taken from.

Both men were charged with multiple counts of theft. Fortin posted $1,500 bail, while Becker is being held on $3,000 bail at Baltimore County Detention Center.