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3 arrested in thefts at businesses Annapolis men charged with 2nd-degree burglary


County police have arrested three Annapolis men accused in a string of burglaries of businesses from Millersville to Deale between July and November.

James Townsend Miller, 32, and Chad Prairie, 24, of separate addresses in the 900 block of Old Annapolis Neck Road, and Manuel Javier Zertuche, 50, of the 200 block of Victor Parkway were charged with second-degree burglary. Miller also was charged with felony theft and Prairie with first-degree burglary.

Miller was being held at the county detention center on $3,700 bond. The center did not have information on Prairie. Zertuche was being held without bond at the Queen Anne's County detention center on burglary charges in that jurisdiction, police said.

Police said the robberies began July 7 and ended in early November. Police said burglars disabled alarm systems, cut telephone wires, climbed in through a window and damaged or stole a safe.

Anne Arundel police picked up leads Nov. 26 when they helped Queen Anne's County police search Miller's home for liquor stolen during a burglary on Kent Island.

Anne Arundel police found watch cases and sunglasses stolen a month earlier from Ski Haus in the 800 block of E. College Parkway and items stolen from Quantam Sales in Annapolis.

Police said that they interviewed Miller on Dec. 18 and that he admitted committing more than two dozen burglaries throughout the county with the help of two friends.

He showed police the stores that were burglarized, police said. All but one of the burglaries were at businesses.

Miller told police he and friends stole six or eight safes from businesses and dumped them in the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River.

Police searched Zertuche's home Dec. 19 looking for evidence. Police arrested him, and he told police he committed 14 burglaries, police said. He was turned over to Queen Anne's County police.

Police arrested Prairie early Monday on unrelated traffic charges.

Pub Date: 12/26/96

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