The Harford County Sheriff's Office credits its regular outreach with local retail establishments as helping to bring charges against an Edgewood man who allegedly carried on a theft scheme for much of 2015.
Tony Eugene Lindsey, 30, of Edgewood, allegedly stole more than $45,000 worth of merchandise from several Harford County businesses, according to a Sheriff's Office news release issued Monday.
According to the release, in August 2015, detectives with the Harford County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division became aware of an individual making numerous transactions at local pawn shops. The individual was pawning multiple items that were new or like new, according to police.
Detectives gathered a description of the individual and, after speaking to local businesses at a Harford County Sheriff's Office ALERT meeting, determined that the same person had allegedly been involved in several thefts and attempted thefts in Harford County since January 2015.
The Sheriff's Office Area Law Enforcement Retail Together, or ALERT, meets quarterly to discuss issues and trends impacting retailers throughout Harford County, with the goal of reducing retail crime and increasing citizen safety in Harford County retail establishments, according to the news release.
Through investigation, Lindsey was identified as a suspect in the thefts, police said.
Additional information gathered during the investigation led detectives to determine that Lindsey allegedly was involved in thefts at more than 10 retail establishments in Harford County, police said.
During the investigation, police said, Lindsey allegedly continued the theft scheme and victimized several additional Harford businesses.
The more than $45,000 worth of merchandise allegedly stolen from retailers between January and October 2015, was in turn allegedly pawned for profit by Lindsey, police said.
A District Court Commissioner issued an arrest warrant for Lindsey on Dec. 4, for theft more than $1,000 and theft scheme from $1,000 to $10,000. He was arrested without incident later that day.
As the investigation progressed, additional information was gathered and more theft charges related to the scheme were filed against Lindsey on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6, police said.
According to online court records, Lindsey, whose address is listed in the 600 block of Yorkshire Drive in Edgewood, faces dozens of charges of theft less than $1,000, as well as charges of theft scheme from $1,000 to less than $10,000.
As of Monday afternoon, Lindsey was being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $20,000 bail, according to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kyle Andersen.