Howard County Police have arrested a Pasadena man and a Glen Burnie woman in connection with a string of more than 10 residential daytime burglaries during September after the pair sold two stolen Baltimore Ravens tickets to a local sports memorabilia shop.
Joseph Lee Baumgarten, 40, of the 8400 block of Kenton Road in Pasadena, and Dianna Marketti, 30, of the 400 block of Brooks Court in Glen Burnie, were charged Friday with first-, third- and fourth- degree burglary, theft, and other charges in four of the burglaries.
Baumgarten and Marketti were arrested in a traffic stop overnight on Thursday.
Police said they are continuing to investigate if the pair were involved in as many as 10 additional cases.
Police said they were able to identify the pair as suspects after attending the Baltimore Ravens game on Sept. 27 and interviewing the people sitting in the seats of the stolen tickets.
Police said one of the ticket holders owns a sports memorabilia shop, and told police a woman, identified as Marketti, had sold the tickets to him on Sept. 24, the day they were stolen from an Ellicott City home.
Through the course of the investigation, police discovered Marketti drives a blue PT Cruiser. Police said Marketti's vehicle matched the suspicious vehicle description provided by a witness in a second Sept. 24 incident occurring in Columbia.
Police identified Baumgarten through surveillance video from a pawn shop where stolen property was recovered, police said. Police said surveillance revealed Baumgarten and a woman matching Marketti's description entered the store and sold stolen goods.
Police said, during the investigation, Marketti's PT cruiser was seen in Baumgarten's driveway.
Baumgarten and Marketti were charged in four separate incidents, three of which occurred during a three-day span in Ellicott City and Columbia. In all four incidents, entry was made by kicking-in a door.
The first incident, occurred two weeks before the other three, occurred on Sept. 12 at a residence located in the 13800 block of Old Frederick Road in Woodbine.
Police said the incident occurred between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., and reported multiple guns and jewelry stolen.
The pair are also being charged in the two incidents occurring on Sept. 24. In addition to the Ravens tickets, cash and jewelry were reported stolen from the two residences.
On Sept. 26, police received a report of a residential burglary in the 4300 block of Temora Lane in Ellicott City in which cash, jewelry, and a video camera were stolen.
In that incident, police said a neighbor reported seeing a dark blue PT cruiser parked in the driveway of the home.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun