Police charge two Baltimore men in east Columbia burglaries

Two Baltimore men have charged in a series of commercial burglaries and burglary attempts in Columbia, Howard County Police said Friday.

Davon Alexander Jones, 18, of the 6400 block of Laurelton Drive, and Sylvester Joseph Johnson, 34, of the 3300 block of W. Rogers Avenue, are both facing at least 12 counts of burglary and other charges, police said. Johnson is being held on $250,000 bond; Jones' bail was set at $25,000 and he has been released.

In the early morning hours of May 30, store-front glass was shattered at 12 restaurants and businesses along Dobbin Road, Dobbin Center Way, Snowden River Parkway and Oakland Mills Road, in east Columbia, and cash was taken, police said.

The affected businesses were: Tan Stand, Pei Wei, Max Muscle, LA Boxing, Sport Clips, Qdoba, Domino's Pizza, Comics to Astonish, Royal Pizza, Ledo Pizza, Han's Cleaners and Sushi King.

Police said that Howard County detectives worked with investigators from neighboring jurisdictions and identified other cases that appeared to be linked. Baltimore County detectives developed suspect information and arrested Jones and Johnson. Howard County detectives reviewed evidence in the Columbia cases, including video surveillance footage, and charged the two as well.

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