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Man accused of Forest Hill burglary briefly escapes custody

A man suspected in a Forest Hill burglary escaped the custody of Harford County sheriff's deputies early Saturday morning, after he was arrested on a warrant.

Michael Brian Myers, with no fixed address, was arrested after the deputies found him in the 1200 block of West Jarrettsville Road with a tractor and snow blower, allegedly taken from a shed in the 1300 block of West Jarrettsville Road, according to a news release issued Saturday by the Sheriff's Office.

Callers had reported seeing him in the area with the vehicles after midnight and later around 5 a.m., according to the news release.

The deputies questioned Myers and learned there was a warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation, according to the news release. He was arrested and placed in the rear of a patrol car.

As deputies continued their investigation of the crime scene and spoke with the victims of the theft, according to the release, they noticed Myers had somehow escaped from the rear window on the passenger side of the car.

Deputies on scene conducted "an immediate search" for Myers, with assistance from other deputies, police dogs and the Maryland State Police's Aviation Unit.

The suspect was found soon after his escape around Cooptown and West Jarrettsville Roads, according to the news release. Law enforcement officers took him into custody "without further incident."

Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, wrote in an e-mail Saturday evening that Myers had been handcuffed, and the patrol cars are designed so a person in the rear seat cannot open the door.

The Sheriff's Office is trying to determine how he was able to lower the window, though.

The news release stated the vehicle was "taken out of service" for further investigation.

Sheriff's deputies received their first report of "an intoxicated subject driving a tractor on the roadway" at 12:38 a.m., according to the news release.

Deputies responded to the intersection of Phillips Mill Road and West Jarrettsville, but did not find the man.

They received another report at 4:53 a.m. that the same person was still in the area driving the tractor, and pulling a snow blower.

The deputies found Myers, who allegedly gave them a false name at first, according to the news release. They learned about the arrest warrant after he gave them his true name.

They also found the victim of the theft, who lived in the 1300 block of West Jarrettsville Road. He told deputies the tractor and snow blower, valued at $800, were taken out of his shed, the Sheriff's Office said.

Myers has been charged with fourth-degree burglary, theft less than $1,000, theft less than $100 and second-degree escape, according to the state's online court database.

Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett raised Myers' bail from $15,000 to $25,000 during a bail review hearing Monday. He remained jailed at the Harford County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon.

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