State police say they've cracked crime ring Two men charged in string of burglaries; two youths, detainee are also suspects


With the arrest of two Carroll County men, state police believe that they have cracked a loose-knit burglary ring.

As state police were investigating at least seven daytime burglaries, the list of suspects grew. Police said that if a suspect didn't participate in a particular burglary, he seemed to know who was involved.

The burglaries occurred from New Windsor and Warfieldsburg to Pleasant Valley and Snydersburg in March and April. Police said at least five suspects were involved.

Arrested and released on unsecured bonds Friday were Thomas W. Green, 18, of Taneytown and James C. Knights III, 34, of Westminster.

Seventeen counts

Green was charged on 17 counts, including six burglaries and related thefts.

Knights was arrested on charges of conspiring with Green to break into a Mayberry home on April 14, where a Nintendo 64 computerized game system and 60 game cartridges were stolen, police said.

The loss in that instance was estimated at $1,850, police said.

Victims of other break-ins lived on Wilt Road in New Windsor, Hughes Shop Road and South Pleasant Valley Road in Pleasant Valley, Stone Chapel Road in Warfieldsburg, and Uniontown Road in Westminster. Residents reported losing money, guns, jewelry and other property.

Key to arrests

Police said that they got a break in the case when residents reported seeing a red Geo Spectrum near the break-ins that was traced to Green.

Two juveniles believed to be involved in some of the burglaries have been turned over to juvenile authorities, and a third man, who is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on unrelated charges, has not been served with an arrest warrant for his alleged role in some of the incidents.

The man is not being named until he is charged in the case.

Similar incidents during the same period in Howard and Frederick counties are being scrutinized to see if there is any link to the Carroll suspects, state police said.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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