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Westminster man arrested after alleged burglary spree

Scott Phillip Marshal Clayton was arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in the county. <a href="http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/crime/ph-cc-scott-clayton-burglaries-20160316-story.html" target="_blank">Full story here</a>.
Scott Phillip Marshal Clayton was arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in the county. Full story here.

A Westminster man is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $500,000 after he was arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in the county.

Scott Phillip Marshall Clayton, 25, of the 200 block of Opal Ave., is charged with 30 counts, including three counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of theft between $1,000 to $10,000, three counts of possessing a shotgun or rifle with a felony conviction, two counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of malicious destruction of property, along with other related charges according to electronic court records.

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Clayton had not posted bond as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, following a bail review earlier in the day, according to electronic records.

Deputies arrested Clayton Tuesday in connection with four burglaries that occurred in January and February, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. The total value of the stolen items was approximately $8,500, with an additional $1,400 in property damage incurred, according to the release.

On Jan. 16, Clayton allegedly broke a window to enter a residence in the 200 block of Winterberry Lane. He allegedly stole jewelry, electronics and firearms, including two shotguns and a rifle. The total value of the stolen goods was $3,475, according to a statement of probable cause.

Michael Wayne Riggs, 34, of the 600 block of Windsor Drive, pawned the jewelry for approximately $180, according to a statement of probable cause.

Riggs was arrested March 1 and charged with theft between $1,000 and $10,000 in connection with the burglary in the 200 block of Winterberry Lane, according to the statement.

Riggs is charged with theft because he allegedly pawned the items. Police believe Clayton acted alone when he broke into the house, said Maj. Charles Rapp, with the Sheriff's Office.

Clayton broke into another residence in the 200 block Winterberry Lane on Feb. 7, taking electronics, including a game console and a television, according to the release. The total value of the items was $1,165, according to the statement.

On Feb. 21, Clayton broke a window in a house in the 2700 block of Aspen Drive in Hampstead and stole game consoles, a shotgun, a pistol and 150 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, totaling $2,835, according to the statement.

He also broke into a motor vehicle on Aspen Drive, taking two impact drills and two GPS units, totaling $920, according to the statement. The two impact drills were sold to a pawn shop in Baltimore, according to the statement.

Clayton is not allowed to possess firearms due to a previous felony conviction, according to the statement. Clayton was found guilty of intention to distribute a controlled dangerous substance in 2011, according to electronic court records.

Upon his arrest, Clayton waived his Miranda rights and allegedly confessed to the four burglaries and theft, according to the statement.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office were able to recover some of the stolen items, according to the release.

A preliminary court date has been set for April 15.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Jason Ehrhart by calling 410-386-2499 or emailing jehrhart@ccg.carr.org. Anonymous tips can also be made by calling the TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).

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