Two men were arrested after they invaded a 73-year-old Hampstead man’s home and stole cash, guns, and a vehicle Saturday, according to police.
Michael P. Crosby, 40, of Westminster faces 12 charges, including home invasion, first- and second-degree burglary, conspiring to commit burglary, vehicle theft, first- and second-degree assault, and several firearms violations.
Eric M. Wright, 36, of Pittsburgh faces 10 charges including home invasion, first-degree burglary, conspiring to commit burglary, vehicle theft, first- and second-degree assault, and several firearms violations.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1800 block of Fairmount Road at about 6:13 p.m. for a reported home invasion and met with the victim. The victim told police he heard his front door being forced open, then a person dressed in dark clothing and a mask entered, holding a mallet, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The suspect threatened to hit the victim if he moved, according to the release.
A second person in dark clothing came in a few seconds later, and both suspects demanded cash, guns, and the victim’s car keys, the release reads.
The victim told the suspects he did not have money and pointed to his wallet, which one suspect took from a table, according to charging documents. One suspect demanded the victim’s cellphone, but upon learning the victim did not own one, the suspect took a landline phone on the kitchen table, charging documents state.
The suspects made the victim unlock the basement cabinet that held his firearms, then bound the victim’s hands and ankles together with painter’s tape, according to charging documents. The suspects took the keys to the victim’s vehicle and fled in it, police said.
The victim freed himself and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911, police said. The victim was seen by emergency medical services personnel at home but was not transported for treatment, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tim Brown.
Baltimore County Police eventually stopped the victim’s vehicle, which the suspects initially drove from the victim’s home, and arrested two men, according to the release. Police found four shotguns and one rifle in the vehicle totaling $1,000 in value, according to charging documents.
Sheriff’s Office detectives interviewed the suspects, learning that the victim was targeted and was known to Crosby, according to charging documents. Crosby’s grandfather previously lived at the residence with the victim, charging documents state.
Crosby and Wright allegedly conspired together to break into the victim’s residence to take money and firearms, which would be used to buy controlled dangerous substances, according to charging documents.
Wright and Crosby are being held in Carroll County Detention Center without bond, and Baltimore County Police filed additional charges against them, according to the release.
Wright is prohibited from possessing firearms in Maryland due to a previous felony conviction, while Crosby is prohibited for a prior crime of violence conviction, according to charging documents.
Anyone with additional information should contact Det. O’Meara at 410-386-5900.
No attorney information for Wright or Crosby was listed in online court records. Crosby has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28. Wright’s bail review hearing was rescheduled to Dec. 31.