Howard County police have charged a Pikesville man with breaking into an Ellicott City pharmacy, saying the suspect had maps to area drugstores and tools that could be used in burglaries.
Ryan M. Cunningham, 22, of the 6600 block of Chelwood Road was charged Sunday with first- and fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, possession of fireworks and concealing a deadly weapon, court records show.
Cunningham was being held yesterday in the county detention center on $10,000 bond.
Sgt. John Superson, a police spokesman, said several commercial burglaries have occurred along the U.S. 40 corridor. Detectives are investigating a possible connection between Cunningham and those crimes, he said.
According to charging documents, Pfc. Daniel Besseck was on patrol at 12: 40 a.m. Sunday when he noticed a man sitting in a car outside an Exxon station in the 10900 block of Baltimore National Pike. He asked to see the man's identification and to search his car.
The man allowed Besseck to search the vehicle, and police said Besseck found several ADC maps of Maryland counties, folders containing maps to area pharmacies, flashlights, a battery-operated drill, goggles, small propane canisters with a torch attached to it, black knotted rope with a grappling hook attached, several small pry bars, a screwdriver and fireworks. Also found was a military-style knife under the driver's seat, police said.
After finding those items, charging documents state, officers checked the CVS store in the 100 block of Centennial Lane and found that the roof hatch had been pried open, and a piece of wood was stuck between the hatch lid and a ledge.