Columbia man charged in string of home burglaries

A Columbia man has been charged in three residential burglaries that occurred earlier this year in Clarksville and Columbia, according to Howard County Police.

Robert Stone, 43, of the 10000 block of Daystar Court, has been charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, destruction of property, auto theft and resisting arrest. The charges came after police exercised a search and seizure warrant on his home following his arrest Nov. 22 at the scene of a residential burglary in the 11000 block of Ridermark Road in Columbia.

Police are investigating whether Stone is linked to other burglaries in the county.

On Nov. 22, police said, officers investigating a stolen vehicle located in front of the Ridermark Row residence spotted Stone walking near the home dressed in dark clothing, wearing a mask and gloves.

When police approached him, Stone attempted to flee in the stolen vehicle, but was captured.

After detaining Stone, police found that the rear door of the Ridermark Row residence was smashed, and that the home had been burglarized.

Following his initial arrest, police conducted a search and seizure warrant of Stone's Columbia residence. At the residence, police found evidence linking Stone to two additional burglaries occurring in July and August.

On July 14, police received a report from of a residential burglary from the 6800 block of Creekside Road in Clarksville. The burglar entered the home through an unlocked window and stole a safe containing a green coin purse with foreign currency, jewelry, a house deed and other documents.

Police found a green coin purse with foreign currency in Stone's residence, which the victim of the Clarksville burglary identified as hers.

Stone was also charged in an Aug. 31 incident occurring in the 5900 block of Bright Flow Mews in Columbia. In that case, a man awoke at 3:40 a.m. to a burglar in his bedroom standing over his dresser. The burglar fled after the man yelled, but an investigation revealed a sheer and a gold bag containing several gift cards were stolen.

Police found both items at Stone's residence, police said.

Prior to executing the search warrant on Stone's home, police said, Stone was released on bail. He has since been picked up by Baltimore City Police, who are currently holding him in custody.

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