Sykesville man facing burglary, theft charges

A Sykesville man is facing multiple burglary and theft charges stemming from incidents between February and Sept. 20.

Stephen Glen Benedict, of the 7400 block of Village Road, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 25, and is charged with three counts of theft $100 to under $1,500, two counts each of fourth-degree burglary theft and fourth-degree burglary storehouse, and one count each of theft scheme $100 to under $1,500 and second-degree assault.


Benedict posted an unsecured bond of $2,500 and was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on Wednesday, and is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 4.

In a news release from The Sykesville Police Department, police said that additional charges are expected after a search and seizure warrant executed on Benedict’s residence turned up additional allegedly stolen property.

“On September 25, 2018, members of SPD and [ the Maryland State Police, Criminal Enforcement Division] served the arrest warrant on Benedict, and executed the search warrant on his residence. As a result, a large amount of suspected stolen property was recovered, with an estimated value of nearly $8,000,” according to the release.

According to the statement of charges, on Sept. 20 a man reported a burglary and theft of an arc welder from the inside of his storage unit in the same building as his apartment.

He returned later that day to say he had located the item as well as other allegedly stolen items. He said he went to the storage units when he saw what he believed to be his arc welder sitting on the floor nearby. He asked Benedict who was also in the storage unit whether the item belonged to him. Benedict replied that it did not, and probably belonged to a maintenance worker, according to the statement.

The man left initially, but returned a short time later convinced the welder was his. When he returned, both the arc welder and Benedict were gone. Looking through the door of Benedict’s storage unit, he saw that the item was located inside, according to the statement.

The man went outside and spotted Benedict. He confronted him and the altercation turned physical. The man made a police report. Upon returning from the station, he observed Benedict placing trash bags full of items in the dumpster near the apartments. As soon as Benedict left, the man investigated and located the arc welder as well as other equipment and tools. Another former resident of the apartments was contacted and identified one of the items as one that had been reported stolen in February. The building’s apartment maintenance supervisor was also contacted and said Benedict had given or offered for sale equipment and items to his workers. At least one of these was also identified as an item previously reported stolen, according to the statement.

According to the police release, “The burglaries began back in February of 2018, and involve, at a minimum, four separate victims, all of whom resided in the 7400 block of Village Road in Sykesville.”

Benedict could not be reached at the number listed on record as of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. The voicemail at that number was full.

Those who may have more information or believe they may have been a victim should contact the Sykesville Police Department at 410-795-0757.