Baltimore County police reunite woman with handmade quilt after discovering it among stolen items

Baltimore County detectives reunited a grandmother on Monday with a handmade quilt she stitched for her granddaughter — one of dozens of stolen items police recovered in a Dundalk motel room last week.

“It was supposed to be a gift to her young granddaughter...better late than never!” police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said in an email. The department did not identify the woman.

The multi-color block quilt with decorative stitching and “a heartfelt inscription sewn onto it” was among dozens of stolen packages recovered from a Dundalk motel room on Jan. 16. Police distributed pictures of the quilt Monday in hopes of getting it to its intended owner.

Police said the quilt and other items were recovered from the Deluxe Plaza Motel in the 6400 block of Pulaski Highway. Police have charged Kenneth David Sutphin, of Middle River, and Kimberly Diane Brooks, of Glen Burnie, both 33, with burglary and theft-related offenses. Neither had an attorney listed in online court records.

Police said the thefts began in early December and continued until January 12. Police have identified Sutphin and Brooks in 40 theft cases. Police said a number of items recovered from the motel room were not reported stolen.

Sutphin and Brooks were arrested after an officer from the Parkville precinct handled a call for a stolen package in the 9600 block of Trepid Road. The officer then responded to a call for a number of empty delivery boxes discarded in the bushes along Miller Road. Police said the officer then tracked down the owners of the items using the address labels on the boxes. The officer then located surveillance video of the suspects and their vehicle, and matched that to descriptions given by witnesses, police said. One of the stolen items was found at a pawn shop, and police were able to identify Brooks and later Sutphin, as suspects, the department said.

Sutphin is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, the department said. Brooks is also charged with theft and rogue and vagabond in Harford County and is being held at the detention center on $2,500 bond. Police said both defendants also face additional charges in other jurisdictions.

Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.

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