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Anne Arundel man sentenced to 12 years for burglaries in Howard County

John Dunnigan, 39, was convicted of two counts of second-degree burglary and sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday by Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt for break-ins that took place at two separate locations in Elkridge last year.
John Dunnigan, 39, was convicted of two counts of second-degree burglary and sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday by Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt for break-ins that took place at two separate locations in Elkridge last year. (Howard County Police)

An Anne Arundel man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for breaking into two Elkridge establishments in September, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office said Friday.

John Dunnigan, 39, of no fixed address, was convicted of two counts of second-degree burglary after breaking into a liquor store and a Jiffy Lube last year. He was sentenced by Judge Richard S. Bernhardt in Howard County Circuit Court.

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Dunnigan threw a rock through the glass of the front entrance of Cindy’s Spirits on the 7200 block of Montgomery Road on Sept. 1 and took approximately $300 in cash and two packages of cigarettes, the Howard County Police Department said.

On Sept. 2, Dunnigan again threw a rock through the glass front entrance and broke into the Jiffy Lube location on the 6200 block of Washington Boulevard. He searched cabinets and drawers but did not take anything from the store, according to police.

The next day, police saw Dunnigan, who matched the image of the person in surveillance video at both sites, in the vicinity and arrested him. He later confessed to the burglaries to Howard County police officers.

Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Yolanda Vazquez said sentencing “guidelines are based on criminal record, and Dunnigan has a pretty lengthy one. According to [Deputy State’s Attorney Joshua J. Felsen] who prosecuted the case, he is considered a major offender with multiple prior burglaries.”

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