More charges filed against John Staubitz

Carroll prosecutors have filed 13 new criminal charges against former state health official John M. Staubitz Jr. and his alleged burglary accomplice, Robert Ernest Emmons Jr.

In a 30-count criminal information filed late Wednesday in Carroll Circuit Court, prosecutors added four counts of credit card fraud, five counts of credit card theft, three counts of felony theft and a count of theft to the 17 charges filed against the pair last month.


The charges are connected to the break-ins at four county homes over a two-week period last month.

Mr. Staubitz, 45, of Catonsville and Mr. Emmons, 29, of Baltimore, were arrested Sept. 24. Police in Baltimore and Howard counties have since charged the pair with eight additional house burglaries.


The filing of the criminal information moves the Carroll cases against the pair from District Court to Circuit Court.

The new charges allege that Mr. Emmons and Mr. Staubitz used stolen credit cards at four stores in Cranberry Mall to purchase video camcorders, shoes and television sets. The credit cards were taken from one of the burglarized homes in Carroll, court records said.

Mr. Staubitz, once a deputy state health secretary, was convicted last year of skimming thousands of dollars from the Maryland State Games, an amateur athletics competition. He served seven months of a 10-month sentence and was released from prison in February.

An initial appearance for the pair is scheduled in Circuit Court in December. Both suspects are being held on $500,000 bail each.