Arrest Of Two Could Solve 'Patio Burglaries' Puzzle

May 19, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Two Harford men were charged for two Bel Air burglaries, and police are investigating whether they are tied to a string of other burglaries throughout the county dubbed the "patio-burglar" cases, the Sheriff's Department said.

Michael T. Standiford, 19, and Ray A. BuissetJr., 18, both of Bel Air, were each charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft, Harford District Court records show.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Department, state police at Benson and Bel Air Police Department are continuing the investigation. Additional charges are pending, police said.

At least 60 burglaries andattempted burglaries have occurred in Harford between March 25 and April 30, police said.

Investigators previously said they believe that at least some of the Harford burglaries are related to more than 100 similar break-ins in Baltimore County.

In the so-called "patioburglar" cases, burglars have entered the houses by prying open windows or sliding-glass doors during the night, police said.

Standiford and Buisset were arrested in the early morning hours of May 11 when a resident in the 1500 block of Whistler Road noticed "suspicious activity" in a neighbor's house, a police report filed in district court says.

The resident knew that the neighbor was out of town and called the police at about 5 a.m., the report says. Police responded to the scene and stopped Standiford and Buisset in their car.

Police at the scene found that two houses in the 1500 block of Whistler Road had been burglarized, the report says. An undetermined amount of money also was stolen from a car parked in the 500 block of GreenridgeRoad.

A screwdriver matching the marks found on a basement door at one of the houses was found by police in Standiford and Buisset's car, the report says.

Police later searched Standiford's and Buisset's homes and cars, finding televisions, camcorders, projectors, cash, guns, knives, credit cards, jewelry, stereos and binoculars, the Sheriff's Department said.

Investigators believe the items were stolen from houses between Madonna and Abingdon, the Sheriff's Departmentsaid.

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