Maryland State Police announced Friday they made several arrests in the previous 10 days in connection with Harford County burglary cases dating back to last month.
Troopers from Bel Air Barrack "D" and assistance from the public and local police agencies in Harford and Baltimore counties made seven arrests and solved four burglary cases in less than a week, according to a news release from the commander of the Bel Air Barrack Lt. Charles Moore.
The continuing investigations will likely lead to the closure of dozens of other burglaries or similar crimes, Moore added.
At this point, there is no indication from state police that the four cases they recently solved, two in Joppa and one each in Aberdeen and Street, are related.
Aberdeen home burglary
In the first case, troopers responded to the 1500 block of Old Philadelphia Road near Aberdeen on July 18 for a residential burglary.
During the course of the investigation, troopers learned a Sony PlayStation video gaming system was stolen from the home.
Investigators tracked the whereabouts of the stolen PlayStation and linked the gaming system to Laura Elizabeth Blodgett, 30, of the 600 block of Walker Street, in Aberdeen, according to the news release.
Following the execution of a search warrant near Aberdeen, additional stolen property was recovered, state police said.
During their investigation, troopers linked Brian Ronald Davis, 30 of the 600 block of
Walker Street in Aberdeen, and Christopher Michael McFarlin, 27, of the 400 block of South Stepney Road, in Aberdeen, to the burglary and theft, according to the release.
State electronic court records show Blodgett, Davis and McFarlin were arrested on warrants issued between Aug. 10 and Aug. 12.
All three subjects were charged with first-degree burglary and theft last week, according to state police. They were remanded to the Harford County Detention Center.
Joppa lawn service burglary
In another case, on July 21 troopers responded to the 700 block of Pulaski Highway near Joppa, for a commercial burglary.
According to the state police news release, the victim told troopers unknown persons burglarized his lawn care business prior to July 21 and stole nearly $18,000 equipment.
With assistance from Baltimore County Police Department detectives, the stolen property was recovered in Dundalk.
Troopers identified suspects as Patrick Michael Whetzel, 24, of the first block of Broadleaf Court in Parkville, and Mitchell Bradley Frost, 23, who uses addresses in both Pasadena and Nottingham.
Both Frost and Whetzel were arrested on Aug. 16 and charged with burglary and theft, according to court records.
Frost is jailed in the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond, and Whetzel was released after posting a $7,500 bond, according to court records.
Joppa home burglary
On Aug. 5, Troopers responded to the 200 block of Haverhill Road in Joppa for a reported residential burglary and theft of cash and handguns, according to state police.
The victim stated unknown persons entered his home and removed the property. There were no signs of forced entry into the home, state police said.
Through extensive interviews, troopers identified several subjects who visited the victim's residence during the day of the theft.
Investigators subsequently charged Tyrell Marcell Smith Jr., 18, of the 200 block of Mayberry Drive near Aberdeen, with theft over $1,000.
According to state police, Smith turned himself in to investigators at the Bel Air Barrack Aug. 15 on a summons, was charged and has since been released pending trial. He has a November court date, according to state electronic court records.
Burglary in Street
State police say neighbors helped troopers solve a break-in on Aug. 8, near Street.
Troopers were called to the 2900 block of Dublin Road for a reported burglary in progress, after a neighbor observed a white male enter a residence through a rear window, state police said.
Upon arrival, troopers and Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies set up a perimeter around the home and checked the residence.
The suspect fled prior to the arrival of troopers and deputies. However, he left his car in a neighbor's driveway.
The car was seized and later processed. Troopers obtained information about the identity of the suspect, who later came to the Bel Air Barrack to claim the vehicle and was arrested, state police said.
Christopher Allen Carter, 28, of the 200 block of Telegraph Road in Airville, Pa., was taken into custody Aug. 8 and charged with burglary and malicious destruction of property, state police said.
Carter was taken before a District Court commissioner, who released him on his own recognizance pending trial, state police said. No court date has been set.
Moore, the Bel Air Barrack commander, said investigations are continuing in conjunction with detectives from the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Aberdeen and Havre de Grace police departments.
Moore said the property identification information provided by victims, including serial numbers, aided with the relatively quick closure of two cases, as did the attentiveness of the neighbors in the Dublin Road break-in.