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Aberdeen man accused of stealing nearly $1 million worth of Swarovski crystal, other items

An Aberdeen man has been charged with allegedly stealing almost $1 million worth of crystal figurines and other items from a Havre de Grace area woman.

Farlie C. Mullins, 47, of the first block of West Aztec Street, is accused of stealing more than 50 Swarovski crystal figurines, as well as electronics, decorative items, jewelry, six watches, a rice cooker, a comforter set, a coin sorter, bath towels, an electronic dart board, a Karaoke machine, cash, coins and power tools.

The inventory of the stolen goods also includes "four large blue plastic containers full of sex toys, movies, costumes, lingerie, wigs" with a value of $1,000.

The total estimated value of the items is $922,390, according to the statement of charges.

Mullins is charged with first-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree burglary, as well as theft over $100,000, according to court records.

Harford County District Court Judge Victor Butanis ordered him held on $150,000 bail during a bail review Tuesday. As of Tuesday afternoon, Mullins remained jailed at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air.

At least two other people may be connected to the theft, according the District Court statement of charges; however, no one else has been charged as of Tuesday, according to electronic court records.

According to charging documents, a 20-year-old man allegedly tried to sell a large quantity of Swarovski crystals, which is how police were originally tipped off to the situation.

The homeowner, who lives in the 4000 block of Kevin Road off of Earlton Road near the Webster Village community northwest of Havre de Grace, contacted investigators from the Harford County Sheriff's Office on May 2, telling them she had returned home that day to find her home had been burglarized while she was away for several weeks.

The woman said that while she was outside, a small child came up to her and asked if she was missing a crystal train set. When she said she was, the girl told her who she believed had taken it, according to charging documents.

Prior to being contacted by the victim, Sheriff's Office investigators had already received information about the missing crystal through a detective from the Aberdeen Police Department.

The detective said he was contacted by "an acquaintance," who told him he was approached about selling some Swarovski crystals, according to charging documents. The contact from the Aberdeen detective was made with the Sheriff's Office two days before the Kevin Road thefts were reported by the homeowner.

Upon receiving the report of the burglary, sheriff's investigators contacted the person who had contacted the Aberdeen detective. The contact told them he had received a second call the day before from the man trying to sell the crystals. At some point, according to charging documents, a connection was made between the person who was trying to sell the crystal and Mullins, according to the charging documents.

A check by investigators of Mullins' pawn history showed he had pawned two rings on April 25 at Goldfather's in Aberdeen, according to charging documents.

After Mullins was tracked down, the owner of the home where Mullins has been living said Mullins was storing some items in a shed behind the property, the charging documents state.

Mullins allegedly admitted to pawning the rings, knowing they were stolen, and also allegedly admitted to trying to sell the crystals, according to charging documents.

He also told investigators another man had given him the rings, as well as a sander, another power tool and two bottles of cologne.

He originally denied knowing where the crystals were being kept, but later told police they were at his brother's home, according to charging documents.

Maryland online court records show Mullins has had prior contact with the criminal justice system, most recently last November when he pleaded guilty to one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all 10 years suspended and placed on five years supervised probation.

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