Police charge three men in string of west Howard County burglaries

Howard County police have charged two Woodbine men and one Mt. Airy man in a string of west county burglaries spanning a month-and-a-half, according to police.

Andrew Harrison Harker, 22, of the 7600 block of Woodbine Road in Mt. Airy; William Edward Selby, 49, of the 12000 block of Rt. 144 in Woodbine; and Joshua Alexander Santilli, 23, of the 15000 block of Frederick Road in Woodbine have been charged with burglary and theft in connection with five incidents that occured betwen July 3 and Aug. 22, police said.

Police said they arrested Santilli on Aug. 22 after he was observed by police committing a burglary in the 13000 block of Burntwoods Road in Glenelg.

Through investigation, polce said, they identified Santilli as a suspect and were conducting surveillance on him on Aug. 22.  

Police said the investigation yielded stolen property from other incidents, which led to the arrest of Harker and Selby.

Santilli has been charged with two counts of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary and theft charges in connection with an Aug. 14 Mt. Airy burglary, when valuable coins were stolen, and the Aug. 22 Glenelg burglary. 

Santilli also was charged with first-degree burglary in connection with a July 3 incident where jewelry and cash were stolen from a Woodbine residence.

Harker was charged with first-degree burglary and theft in connection with an Aug. 3 incident where jewelry was stolen from a residence located in the 2100 block of Mt. View Road in Marriottsville.

Selby was charged with first-degree burglary and theft in connection with an Aug. 9 incident occurring in the same block of Mount View Road as the Aug. 3 incident.

Harker is being held on $10,000 bond, while Santilli and Selby are being held on separate $20,000 bonds.

All three men are being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

Police said they are investigating the connection between the three men, and that they may have been involved in similar cases in the area.


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