Ellicott City brothers charged in burglaries police seek link to more crimes Some two dozen break-ins probed

January 15, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Howard County police have charged an Ellicott City man with two burglaries and his brother with theft in one of them as officers try to end a four-month string of burglaries in Ellicott City.

Police say they are investigating whether the brothers might be linked to others among the more than two dozen break-ins and burglaries in Ellicott City since September.

Jeffrey Charles Combs, 29, of the 3500 block of Fels Lane, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home and charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft, police said. He was being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $65,000 bond, a correctional officer said.

His brother, Omar V. Combs, 34, of the same address, was also arrested at home and charged with theft and possession of cocaine, police said. He was being held yesterday at the detention center in lieu of $2,500 bond, the correctional officer said.

Police said they linked Jeffrey Combs to two break-ins in Ellicott City after he allegedly pawned silverware, electronics equipment and other stolen property at a Baltimore County business.

Police believe he's responsible for a break-in in the 3500 block of Church Road and one in the 3500 block of Belfont Drive on Jan. 3.

His brother was linked to one break-in after police allegedly found a stolen stereo antenna and six vials of suspected cocaine his room, police said.

Since early last fall, there have been more than two-dozen break-ins in Ellicott City, usually on or near St. John's Lane in the late afternoon or early evening. In many, burglars broke in doors and stole jewelry and cash.

Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman, said police believe there may be several people or groups committing the burglaries.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Steven Paul Anthony McCain, 23, of Baltimore, in connection with two other burglaries in Ellicott City. They said his fingerprints were found at two burglarized homes.

Police described him as a black male, about 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Police say they consider him dangerous because he is known to carry a handgun. His last known address was in the 2600 block of Quantico Ave. in Baltimore, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 313-2266, or the Metro Crime Stoppers hot line at 276-8888.

Hot line callers may remain anonymous, and may qualify for a $1,000 cash reward if their tip leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect.

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