Elkridge man charged in string of Columbia burglaries

An Elkridge man has been charged in a string of commercial burglaries in Columbia and Elkridge.

Michael Arnold Hood, 41, of the 6300 block of Beechfield Avenue, was charged with second-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, theft and other offenses in connection with a series of burglaries dating back to Nov. 13, according to Howard County Police.

Hood was first charged in two commercial burglaries in Elkridge Dec. 8, the first at Sports Clips on Montgomery Road, the second at Bonaire Nails Spa on Washington Boulevard, police said.

Later, he was charged in six other commercial burglaries along Route 108 and its cross streets in Columbia, the first on Nov. 13. In each case, the suspect shattered a glass window or door with a rock to get into the business, police said.

Police identified Hood through a surveillance video. He is being held on $215,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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