By Blair Ames, Baltimore Sun Media Group
10:26 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
Police have arrested two Baltimore men in connection with motor vehicle thefts and a home burglary in Eldersburg Monday morning after a hit-and-run was reported at the intersection of Routes 26 and 32 , according to a Maryland State Police news release.
Cousins Jerry Johnson, 28, and Timothy Johnson, 18, of Baltimore have been charged with first degree burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft, rogue and vagabond, fourth degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, unauthorized removal of property, and theft, according to police.
Police said both have been incarcerated in the Carroll County Detention Center.
Police were called to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Liberty Road and Sykesville Road in Eldersburg at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The driver of a Nissan, the at-fault vehicle, was reported to have fled the scene on foot, according to police.
Officers patrolled the area and found Jerry Johnson, of the 2700 block of Huntington Avenue in Baltimore. He was confirmed as the driver of the at-fault vehicle, according to police.
Police said Johnson was found with a check with an address in the 6500 block of Marvin Avenue in Eldersburg.
When Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the Eldersburg residence to investigate, they found a side door open and located a white Jeep Cherokee parked against a sign pole with a flat tire in the front yard, according to police.
Deputies found Timothy Johnson asleep in the front passenger seat of the Jeep, which was reported stolen from Baltimore City, according to police.
Police located the owner of the Nissan involved in the hit-and-run asleep inside the house and found that the home had been burglarized with several items missing.
According to the news release, police investigators believe the two suspects had driven to the area in the stolen Jeep before it became disabled at the Marvin Avenue location.
Police said Jerry Johnson left his cousin asleep in the Jeep and burglarized the Marvin Avenue residence before stealing the homeowner's Nissan.
He then drove to the intersection of Routes 26 and 32 where he was involved in the hit-and-run crash, according to police.
Police said further investigation found that the suspects were seen in the white Jeep nearby on East Ridenour Way in Eldersburg breaking into multiple vehicles earlier Monday morning.
Officers found several items from those vehicles with the suspects and it is believed the suspects broke into at least seven vehicles, according to the release.
Police ask that anyone with information contact Trooper First Class James Cooper at 410-386-3000 or Detective Steven Rager at 410-386-2577.