Baltimore County police have arrested three males in connection with a “recent rash of burglaries in the Falls Road corridor.”
Demar Anthony Brown, 33, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Kamar Oliver Beckles, 32, of Teaneck, N.J.; and Jashon Clarence Fields, 33, of Atlanta, were each charged with 20 counts of first-degree burglary, police said. All are being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections without bail.
No attorneys were listed for any of the three men, and no one could be reached at phone numbers listed for them.
The three are suspects in 20 recent break-ins at homes in Pikesville, Cockeysville and Towson in the past three months. The group allegedly targeted expensive-looking homes, stealing valuables and leaving quickly, police said.
Most of the burglaries happened between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., police said.
The latest call came in at 6:30 p.m. Friday for a break-in in the 14100 block of Blenheim Road in Jacksonville, police said. Responding officers spotted a green Ford Explorer with North Carolina plates nearby, followed it and arrested Brown after he stopped the vehicle and ran from them, police said. Officers found “evidence indicating the man was involved in the series of burglaries,” police said.
The officers who responded found that another burglary had happened nearby, in the first block of Blenmont Court, and upon searching the area, they arrested Beckles and Fields in a nearby wooded area, police said. They also found evidence connecting the three suspects to another break-in at home in the 13000 block of Jerome Jay Drive, before the Blenheim Road burglary, police said.
Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan credited the department’s patrol, investigative and support units, which “did incredible work in identifying and apprehending these individuals responsible for the burglaries,” he said.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz commended the department’s work, calling the men and women who work there “simply the best.”
“Once again the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department sent a very strong message to criminals: If you break the law in our county, you will be arrested and you will be prosecuted,” Kamenetz said in a statement.
The break-ins generated significant concern in the community. More than 400 people packed into a building at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium Tuesday night for a three-hour meeting with county police about what the department was doing to catch the thieves.