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Baltimore man charged in Columbia burglaries

Burglary suspect Charles Lewis Starling
Burglary suspect Charles Lewis Starling (Courtesy Howard County Police, for The Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Howard County police have charged a Baltimore man in connection with a series of October burglaries in Columbia.

Police said Friday that Charles Lewis Starling, 51, of the 2300 block of McCulloh Street in Baltimore, has been charged with two counts each of first-, third-, and fourth-degree burglary and theft, and one count of malicious destruction of property.

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On Oct. 23, police responded to a residence in the 8900 block of Sidelong Place for a report of a burglary after a suspect gained entry through an unlocked rear slider and stole electronics.

On Oct. 27, a similar incident occurred in the 5100 block of Starsplit Lane when a suspect gained entry to a residence through an unlocked window and stole electronics and jewelry.

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Through investigation, police said detectives identified Starling as a suspect and arrested him on Tuesday in Baltimore. Police said he also might be connected to a number of other residential burglaries in the Columbia area in October, and are continuing to investigate.

Starling is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $75,000 bond.

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