A Westminster man wanted by police for allegedly burglarizing three locations in Manchester and Hampstead was arrested when the man was reported for allegedly urinating in public.
A Carroll County grand jury indicted Raymond Michael Myerly, 60, of the unit block of E. Main St., on 12 counts, including three of second-degree burglary and one of taking a motor vehicle unlawfully. He was released on $15,000 bail after a Monday bail review, according to electronic court records.
Charges were filed in Carroll County District Court, but were closed after the grand jury chose to indict and the case proceeded to Circuit Court.
According to the statement of charges filed in District Court, Maryland State Police began investigating two burglaries that occurred within days of each other, both at locations on Md. 30 — at the Marathon gas station and at Piper's Wine & Spirit Barn. They believed they were related due to similarities in the way they were carried out. After further investigation, they believed that a burglary of Manchester Family Medicine was part of the same string.
On Jan. 27, troopers responded to Piper's for a burglary that occurred just before 2 a.m. An alarm sounded for breaking of the front door glass, and police arrived to find broken glass in front of the door, which was hanging open.
Surveillance video showed that a white box truck had pulled in front of the store, blocking the view of the doors to passerby, according to the statement. A man wearing a hooded jacket and a ski mask exited the van and used an object to break the glass of the door, according to the statement, and once inside he took six cartons of Newport cigarettes, valued at more than $400.
On Jan. 30, troopers responded to the Marathon gas station for a reported burglary. The owner said he had arrived at about 5:15 a.m. and found a glass pane of the door to be broken and noticed the cash register was gone, according to the statement. He then called 911.
Surveillance footage showed a white box truck had pulled in front of the doors. Police observed a white male wearing a ski mask and a hooded jacket using a hammer to break the pane of the door and enter the gas station, according to the statement. Inside, he took a carton of Newport cigarettes, the drawer of the cash register and a safe. The owner said between $900 and $1,000 in cash was taken, according to the statement.
A crime scene technician was able to cast impressions of the suspect’s shoe prints in the snow of the parking lot, according to the statement.
Police later learned the same white box truck was involved in the burglary of Manchester Family Medicine on the same day as the burglary of Piper’s. The suspect stole a pad of blank prescriptions, according to the statement.
Maryland State Police learned that police from Penn Township, Pennsylvania, were investigating the theft of a box truck matching the description of the one seen in the surveillance footage, according to the statement.
Investigators researched and found that Myerly was arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in 2013 with a similar, unique modus operandi. Police contacted his probation agent and learned that he had been released from incarceration in October 2018, and was due to meet with his probation officer on Feb. 11, according to the statement.
On Feb. 2, a trooper was dispatched to the parking lot of a Westminster business after a complaint that the operator of a white box truck parked there had urinated in public view. The trooper arrested the box truck operator, who was identified as Myerly, based on a warrant outstanding in Howard County, according to the statement. Myerly is also charged with second-degree burglary in Howard, and a jury trial date is scheduled for June 17.
Troopers executed search warrants on the box truck, Myerly’s apartment, another residence and his cellphone data. They seized shoes and articles of clothing consistent with those seen in the surveillance video, according to the statement. A cash till drawer was located in the box truck. Cellphone location data placed Myerly near Piper’s and Marathon at the time of the burglaries, according to the statement.
Pennsylvania law enforcement are investigating the alleged theft of the box truck as well as burglary at a convenience story in Glen Rock, according to the statement.
Myerly was released on March 21 from the Anne Arundel Detention Center, where he is charged with violating his parole for a second-degree burglary in 2013. An arrest warrant in Carroll County was issued that same day, according to electronic court records.
A call placed to the number listed for Myerly in court documents went straight to voicemail.
Online records for the Carroll indictments did not list an attorney for Myerly. Online court records for the Howard charges listed Chantal M. Joseph as his attorney. Joseph did not immediately respond to a request for comment as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.