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Ellicott City man arrested in string of burglaries

7:15 PM EST, December 28, 2012

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An Ellicott City man has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries, Howard County Police said Friday.

Kenneth William Vollmerhausen, 28, of the 8500 block on High Ridge Road, has been charged with four counts of first-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of fourth-degree burglary, three counts of theft, three counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of possession of burglary tools.

Vollmerhausen was arrested in connection with a burglary in progress on Dec. 21 in the 2600-block of Melba Road, in Ellicott City. In that incident, a woman arrived home to find a light blue GMC truck in her driveway. As the woman approached her residence, she was confronted by a man holding her jewelry. The man threw the items at her and fled to the truck. As the truck left the driveway, it ran into the woman's fence.

Through investigation, police linked Vollmerhausen to burglaries that took place at the following locations:

• On Dec.17, at a residence in the 8800 block of Old Frederick Road, entry was made through an unlocked rear door and jewelry was stolen.

• On Dec. 26, in the 7300 block of Kindler Road, in Columbia, a resident returned to home to find his home had been burglarized. Watches and jewelry were reported stolen.

• On Dec. 27, in the 8800 block of Old Frederick Road, in Ellicott City, the basement door was found to be forced open with the glass partition broken out, but nothing was reported stolen.

Police executed a search warrant for Vollmerhausen's residence and vehicle. Several burglary tools were found in the front seat, according to police. Vollmerhausen was arrested and taken into custody without incident, and is being held without bond in the Howard County Detention Center.

Investigators were familiar with Vollmerhausen, who had pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court on Dec. 4 to first-degree burglary in that jurisdiction from last April. His four-year sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation. In addition, Vollmerhausen has been indicted in Howard County Circuit Court for two first-degree burglary incidents that occurred last April and are pending trial.

From those incidents, Vollmerhausen's vehicle was identified as a 1991 light blue GMC Sierra truck, which matched the description and license plate of the truck used in the Dec. 21 incident.

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