A 36-year-old locksmith has been arrested on three counts of house-breaking and is a suspect in a string of more than 100 other break-ins in central and western Baltimore County, county police said.
Richard David Makofski, of the 9400 block of N. Penfield Road in Columbia, is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Makofski was arrested Sept. 20, said Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger, a county police spokesman.
The arrest occurred about 2 p.m. after police followed him to an apartment in the first block of Trotters Court, near Pikesville, after an alleged break-in.
Police captured Makofski as he was leaving the apartment carrying $600 in stolen Canadian currency and a box of lock-picking devices, Doarnberger said.
He said the burglar would enter homes between noon and 4 p.m. and take small items, mostly jewelry and cash, that weren't readily missed. "He was discriminating" and left no signs of ransacking or forced entry, Doarnberger said.
The man also would select upper-floor apartments and condominiums so he could hear anyone approaching, police said.
The man allegedly operated in the western and central parts of the county, including Towson and Cockeysville, Doarnberger said.
Two alert witnesses provided information that led police to Makofski when they observed two "suspicious" men leaving Mays Chapel Village in Cockeysville Aug. 24, Doarnberger said. The witnesses gave police a description of the men and the license plate of the car.
The next day, a break-in was reported at the Cockeysville location, Doarnberger said.
Police said they were able to trace the car to Makofski's girlfriend.
While searching three residences where police believe Makofski may have lived and two vehicles, police recovered jewelry, several 35mm cameras, a diamond tester, locksmith equipment and two police scanners, Doarnberger said.