Sykesville man indicted on burglary charges

A Sykesville man has been indicted on charges that he burglarized his neighbors' homes in Howard County, committing two break-ins at a residence whose owner told police his computer was taken and a third where a bottle of Viagra was stolen.

A grand jury handed up indictments last week charging James Taylor Bell, 21, of the 1100 block of Underwood Road of multiple counts of burglary and theft.

Police said in charging documents last month that he confessed and was charged Dec. 28.

Charging documents say that county investigators linked Bell to burglaries committed Dec. 8 and Dec. 13 at a home in the 1100 block of Underwood Road through a laptop stolen from there. The laptop turned up at a pawnshop in Westminster, with paperwork indicating Bell had sold it to the shop, the documents say. The burglary victim identified the laptop through photos on it, according to police. Bell admitted to taking $57 in cash as well as the laptop, according to the statement of charges.

Asked about a Dec. 13 burglary in the 1200 block of Underwood Road, in which the homeowner said a bottle with 10 Viagra pills was gone, Bell told police the pills were in a drawer in his room, according to the charging documents.

He was on probation at the time for misdemeanor theft, according to court records.

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