Two Bel Air men have been charged with theft for allegedly stealing rims, tires, a tool chest and other automotive supplies from a Fallston car dealership, Maryland State Police said Thursday.
One of the suspects faces subsequent drug and gun trafficking charges, following a potential barricade situation with state troopers outside his home Wednesday afternoon.
State troopers took Dylan Joseph Jackson, 22, of the 100 block of South Reed Street, into custody Wednesday morning charging him with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft between $1,000 and under $10,000, State Police said in a news release.
Det. Lt. James DeCourcey said investigators found nine cases of motor oil and transmission fluid valued at $750 at two residences associated with Jackson.
Dominic Agostini, 29, of the 300 block of Locust Lane, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after he refused to cooperate with troopers when they went to investigate a report of stolen goods being stored at the Locust Lane address, DeCourcey said.
Agostini, is charged with four counts of theft between $1,000 to under $10,000, possession of marijuana, manufacturing drugs, two counts of firearm and drug trafficking, unlawful transfer of a firearm, possession of firearms, resisting or interfering with an arrest, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, illegal possession of ammunition and distributing drugs with a firearm.
He was initially held on $1 million bail, which was reduced to $750,000 at a bail review hearing before Harford County District Court Judge Victor K. Butanis in Bel Air Thursday.
According to attorney Perry L. Lericos, who represented Agostini during his bail review, the defendant lives at the Locust Lane residence with his mother, girlfriend and two children.
Agostini works at White Marsh Properties, Lericos said, adding that his boss said he has been a regular and "good employee."
Lericos said the defendant has no pending cases, paroles or probations and asked the judge to lower the bail to a "reasonable amount."
Assistant State's Attorney Cameron Legg asked the judge to keep Agostini's bail as set. Legg noted Agostini has 14 prior arrests and eight convictions, including theft, theft scheme, possession of drugs and arson.
According to charging documents, Legg said, troopers seized 178 grams of marijuana, a .38 caliber firearm, a revolver, bulletproof vest and other items from the home on Locust Lane.
Agostini is prohibited from possessing firearms because of a previous arson conviction, Legg said.
Jackson was held on $15,000 bail and remained at the Harford County Detention Center Thursday afternoon, after Butanis declined to reduce the amount or release him on his own recognizance, as requested by Jackson's public defender, Brian Cunningham.
Cunningham told the judge that Jackson has a GED and works as a technician at Jones Junction, from which the alleged thefts occurred.
Legg said Jackson has a drug possession conviction, has two pending criminal cases and is on probation for a DUI.
Drugs, guns, equipment recovered
Wednesday's arrests and recovery were the culmination of a three-week investigation by the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, according to DeCourcey, who said they had received two calls for thefts at Jones Junction Chrysler in the 1500 block of Belair Road in Fallston on April 29 and May 1.
During the sweep Wednesday investigators recovered nine Dodge rims with tires valued at more than $5,850, four "Metal Moto" chrome wheels valued at $2,600, one Blue Point tool cart valued at $4,500, a ballistic vest and law enforcement uniform accessories valued at $1,000 and the nine cases of motor oil and transmission fluid.
Troopers stationed around Route 1 (Belair Road) and Locust Lane near the Bel Air Auto Auction around 3 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call for a "barricade situation" that was broadcast over Harford County emergency dispatch channels.
According to DeCourcey, investigators went to the home to talk to Agostino about the thefts. He said Agostino opened the door but, after being briefly questioned, shut it and would not allow entry.
DeCourcey said troopers called for backup and, eventually, Agostino opened the door without incident. He was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser.
"It's a win for everybody," DeCourcey said of the arrests. "It's a win for the business sector and for the public any time you recover stolen property and get drugs and get guns off the street."
The investigation continues under the direction of Trooper First Class Martin Burgarini.