A 29-year-old Pasadena man has been charged with eight counts of burglary -- only a handful of the 100 break-ins police say the he committed during a one-man crime spree, beginning late last year.
Anne Arundel County investigators said they caught up with Raymond John Jordan, of the 600 block Elliott Road, in January when a uniformed officer stopped him in Freetown Village for traffic violations, said Detective Mark Metzler.
The officer found stolen property in Jordan's car, Metzler said. Police traced the property and charged Jordan with eight counts of burglary.
Metzler said after Jordan posted bail, he burglarized about 100 homes in the northern and eastern part of the county.
In August, Jordan appeared in court on the eight burglary counts but his trial was postponed when authorities learned he was wanted on similar charges in Baltimore County. Later, Jordan agreed to show police homeshe had burglarized, with the understanding that he would not face more charges in Anne Arundel.
"They (detectives) drove around with him and he pointed out the ones he burglarized to them," said Sgt. DonLee who heads the county police burglary unit.
Lee and Metzler said about $12,000 of the $250,000 in stolen property was recovered at pawn shops and at Metzler's girlfriend's house.
Jordan had been trading the property, videocassettes and other appliances for drugs, Lee said. He told investigators that he had a $500-a-day cocaine habit,Lee said.
Jordan is being held a $50,000 bond in the Baltimore County Detention Center. No trial dates have been set for the eight burglary charges here or for the Baltimore County case.
In an unrelated case, county police have issued warrants charging three men with aspree of commercial burglaries March 17.
The warrants charge Alvin Anthony Simons,32,of the 9000 block of Ardmore Road in Landover;Patrick Tyler Simons,27,of 3700 block Cooper Lane in Landover,and TyroneCommodore Wright,37,of the 7700 block Oxman Road in Palmer Park,withbreaking into seven businesses in the Millersville area.
County police said the burglaries began at about 1 a.m. when three men broke into the Allstate insurance office and a doctor's office in the Old Mill Plaza in the 600 block of Mill Road, looting the offices in an apparent search for cash or valuables.
Alarms went off in the offices, automatically summoning police. But the burglars escaped by the time officers arrived, police said. Apparently the same three men went to the East Park Shopping Center in Severn, where they broke into five businesses, including Bay Valet Cleaners and the Severn Liquor store.
Police found a rental car nearby with a pry bar and a sledge hammer inside. None of the men have been arrested, police said.