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Westminster man charged with nine counts of burglary

A Westminster man was charged with nine counts of burglary after he allegedly broke into a Westminster home.

Joseph Lee Stein Sr., 29, of the 110 block of Church St., was charged with seven counts of fourth-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and one count of first-degree burglary, according to electronic court records.

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Of the seven fourth-degree burglary counts, three were for fourth-degree burglary tool use, three were for fourth-degree burglary permit tool use and one was for fourth-degree burglary dwelling, according to electronic court records.

Stein is still being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $100,000 bail as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to electronic court records.

Deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office were called to a house in the 2400 block of Windisch Drive in Westminster at about 6:17 p.m. Sunday after one of the homeowners said the home's security system alerted her that there was a break-in, according to the statement of probable cause.

When police arrived, the other homeowner told police he thought the intruder was still in the house because he did not see him leave. Deputies searched the home but did not find the intruder. Neither homeowner thought that something had been taken, according to the statement.

A deputy watched the surveillance video and saw a large white man enter the home at about 6:12 p.m., wearing a dark hoodie, a beanie and reflective shoes, according to the statement of probable cause. The man allegedly walked around the house and went into the basement before leaving. One of the homeowners recognized the man as Stein, according to the statement.

The deputies went to Stein's mother's house and talked with Stein, who matched the description of the man in the surveillance video, according to the statement of probable cause. Stein told deputies that he broke into the house because he was looking for drugs, according to the statement.

Calls made to the number listed for Stein were not answered as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. A preliminary hearing has been set for March 17.

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