Taneytown man arrested in thefts of electronics from unlocked cars in Westminster

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is reporting that a Taneytown man has been arrested and charged in a string of burglaries of cars in the Westminster area.

The Sheriff's Office said Donald Allen Ealy, 31, of Taneytown, was arrested Friday, Feb. 24, and charged in the theft of electronics and other valuables taken from several unlocked vehicles parked at private homes in the Willow Pond and Eden Farm developments near Westminster.

Just after 2 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a report from a resident who overheard car doors opening and observed a man walking among several vehicles parked along the street in the residential area.

Responding deputies located Ealy carrying a bag containing more that 20 portable electronic devices including GPS units, cellular telephones and other items.

One of the property owners was identified and a GPS unit was returned. Sheriff's deputies are working to identify and return items to their owners. Anyone that believes they've been the victim of a theft last night in the Willow Pond and Eden Farm Developments is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2900.

Ealy has been taken to Carroll County Central Booking where he's awaiting a bail review hearing before the District Court Commissioner on charges of theft and rouge and vagabond. The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing, and additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Corp. Phil Lawrence of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2900, or the toll free anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).

The Sheriff's Office noted that according to the previous year's Crime in Maryland Report, serious property crimes account for 85 percent of all crime in Carroll. Sheriff's investigators estimate the theft of electronics, tools, cash and other valuables from unlocked vehicles, sheds and homes account for almost three-fourths of those crimes.

The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to remove valuables from sight, roll up car windows and lock car doors when leaving vehicles unattended. Also, residents are asked to report unfamiliar vehicles and persons roaming neighborhoods and parking lots during the late evening and early morning hours.

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