An off-duty Baltimore County police officer helped arrest two men Tuesday after he found one of them breaking into a Monkton house owned by one of the suspect's fathers.
Police also seized a significant amount of narcotics from the second man, who was waiting a short distance away.
Gary Scott Reif Jr., 36, having no fixed address, but who gave one in the 900 block of Red Brick Boulevard in Owings Mills, was charged with first- and third-degree burglary, theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and two counts of fourth-degree burglary in connection with a break-in at his father's house in the 3800 block of Marcus Court.
Around 5:15 p.m. Monday, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer saw the burglary and called 911 for assistance, according to a press release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office..Responding deputies arrived several minutes later. The off-duty officer told police he observed the suspect, later identified as Reif, enter the home. As the officer approached the home, he heard glass breaking.
Deputies entered the home and, as they checked it, heard movement upstairs, where they confronted Reif. He was arrested and deputies recovered the items he allegedly planned to steal, according to the release.
Back-up deputies were told of a possible getaway vehicle parked nearby; it was found parked a short distance away with Farris Edward Alkassim, 38, of 10520 Democracy Boulevard in Potomac, in it.
Alkassim was not charged in connection with the burglary, but was charged with possession of marijuana, narcotics possession with intent to distribute, four counts of drug possession other than marijuana – including hashish, methamphetamine, lorazepam and ecstasy – and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both men are being held at Harford County Detention Center on $20,000 bail.
The property Reif allegedly broke into is owned by Reif's father, Gary Reif Sr., who was not home. Gary Reif Jr. did not have permission to be in the residence, according to police.