A 36-year-old locksmith has been charged with a Pikesville burglary and is a suspect in at least 100 more in middle- and upper-middle-class areas of Baltimore County dating back to early last year, police say.
Richard David Makofski, of the 9400 block of N. Penfield Road in Columbia, was being held today without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center while police investigate more than 100 unsolved daylight break-ins since March 1989.
County police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger said all the crimes, including the Pikesville break-in, were similar in the way and time they were executed and in the valuables that were taken.
Doarnberger said Makofski was arrested yesterday as he was leaving an apartment in the first block of Trotters Court.
He said the suspect had $600 in Canadian money taken from the apartment and was in possession of lockpicking tools.
Police said Makofski is a prime suspect in more than 100 daylight break-ins in which items such as jewelry, valuable coins, currency and cameras were taken while occupants were away.
Doarnberger said the intruder in those incidents never stole VCRs or televisions, but only items small enough to carry on his person, thus diminishing the chances of being noticed by neighbors.
He added that the lack of forcible entry in each case indicated that door locks probably were picked. The residences all were hit on weekdays between noon and 4 p.m. And when condominiums or apartments were selected, police said, only upper-floor residences were chosen to increase chances of hearing someone coming.
The areas included Sparks, Cockeysville, Towson, Pikesville, Woodlawn and Lutherville, Doarnberger said. He said Makofski listed his occupation as locksmith.