A Baltimore man was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing a vehicle in January 2018.
Michael Maurice Brooks Jr., 25, of the 3300 block of W. Belvedere Ave., is charged with one count each unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft of a value between $1,500 and $25,000, according to electronic court records. He was released Friday after posting a $2,500 bail, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, a deputy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Hampstead residence Jan. 10, 2018 and spoke to a woman who said she had turned on her car and returned inside to get ready for work at abut 7:15 a.m. When she went outside at 7:40 a.m., the car was gone, she said. A neighbor remembered seeing the car still running in the driveway at about 7:30 a.m., according to the statement.
On Jan. 14, 2018, Baltimore Police recovered the vehicle in the 3300 block of Spaulding Avenue, Baltimore, according to the statement.
On Jan. 26, the co-owner picked up the car from the Baltimore City Police impound lot. He contacted the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office again to inform them that there were items in the vehicle that did not belong to them. Police recovered the items and sent several out for testing of latent fingerprints, according to the statement.
Latent print results were returned on May 19, 2018, and one latent print was identified as belonging to Brooks, who at the time lived in the same block that the vehicle was recovered, according to the statement.
According to electronic court records, Brooks was summonsed on Oct. 9, 2018, but after a failure to appear on Dec. 28, an arrest report was issued.