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Anne Arundel man charged with string of commercial burglaries in Howard County

Markus Swinson, 35, of Odenton, was arrested in April and initially charged with six commercial burglaries. After the arrest, police continued the investigation and identified Swinson as the suspect in 17 additional burglaries.
Markus Swinson, 35, of Odenton, was arrested in April and initially charged with six commercial burglaries. After the arrest, police continued the investigation and identified Swinson as the suspect in 17 additional burglaries.(Howard County Police Department)

An Anne Arundel County man has been charged with committing a string of commercial burglaries in Howard County, the Howard County Police Department announced Tuesday.

Markus Swinson, 35, of Odenton, was arrested in April and was initially charged with six commercial burglaries, police said. Through investigation, police discovered additional burglaries, and Swinson has now been charged with committing 23 commercial burglaries in Howard County since November.

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Swinson faces 91 counts of burglary, theft, theft scheme, destruction of property, and rogue and vagabond in Howard County.

Howard County police said Swinson was targeting businesses to steal construction and landscaping tools. Tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment was reported stolen, police said.

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Swinson was arrested after police connected him to a burglary at Lenny’s Towing in Elkridge on March 26.

He is charged in the following commercial burglaries:

  • Nov. 5: Absolute Landscape & Turf, Bowen’s Bus Service and ASC Heating & Air, all in Dayton
  • Nov. 16: First Impression Hardscapes, Forest Valley Tree & Turf and U.S. Pools, all in Jessup
  • Jan. 2: BrightView Landscaping in Jessup
  • Jan. 10: Environmental Maintenance Services in Hanover
  • Jan. 11: Barrett & Sons and W.F. Wilson & Sons, both in Elkridge
  • Jan. 31: LandCare and Romano Concrete Construction, both in Laurel
  • Feb. 6: A construction site in Clarksville
  • Feb. 7-10: Absolute Landscape & Turf in Dayton
  • Feb. 8: Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood
  • Feb. 15: A construction site in Laurel
  • Feb. 18: Heil Plumbing in Jessup
  • Feb. 25: New Direction Utilities, Garrett Barrel and Drum, Jeffrey K Rogers Inc. and Constant Trucking, all in Sykesville
  • March 26: Lenny’s Towing and a construction site, both in Elkridge

After his initial arrest in the first six cases, Swinson was released from the Howard County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, but then was arrested by another jurisdiction and is being held without bond. If he is scheduled for release, he will be served with the additional charges in Howard County and taken into custody, police said.

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