Two men and one juvenile were arrested Wednesday in connection with a series of automobile thefts and thefts from cars in the Riderwood area of Towson following a call for a parking complaint in Catonsville, Baltimore County Police said on Thursday.
Malik Kobe Warren, 18, of the 100 block of Nunnery Lane, is facing 22 charges, including first-degree burglary and multiple counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
Hartman Konard Lewis, 21, of the 4600 block of Waterfall Court, was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and has been released on his on recognizance.
Neither man has an attorney listed in online court records.
Police said the juvenile was taken to a detention hearing. The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office said Friday it couldn’t comment on the juvenile’s case.
According to police, on Wednesday morning in Catonsville, someone called in a parking complaint — a Honda CRV was blocking a driveway in the 600 block of Woodsdale Road.
The Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit and Regional Auto Theft Task Force were called in for assistance because the vehicle was one of six that had been reported stolen from the 1400-1600 blocks of Jeffers Road in Towson early in the morning on Nov. 23.
After the three suspects got into the vehicle, detectives followed them to a gas station in the 6000 block of Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville. When detectives approached the suspects, the suspects attempted to flee on foot but were taken into custody at about 1:30 p.m.
Some of the stolen Towson vehicles have been recovered, but there are still three missing, police said.
An investigation into the thefts reveals that the thieves walked down neighborhood streets trying door handles on parked cars on the street and in driveways to see if they were unlocked, then stole items from the vehicles. If vehicle keys were found, the thieves would steal the vehicle, police said.
Police are asking anyone with information related to the auto thefts to call 410-307-2020. Tipsters can remain anonymous.