Glen Burnie man, 59, charged in area break-ins, assault

April 01, 1994

An article in Thursday's editions of The Sun omitted the last name of a Glen Burnie man charged with breaking into the homes of three elderly people in Glen Burnie and Pasadena. He is Kelvin Theodore Johnson, 34.

The Sun regrets the error.

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a 59-year-old man in connection with break-ins at the homes of three elderly residents in Glen Burnie and Pasadena and an assault on a 77-year-old man whose dresser was overturned on top of him.

Kelvin Theodore of the 300 block of Kess Circle, Glen Burnie, was charged Wednesday with three counts of burglary and one count each of assault, destruction of property and purse snatching.

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Sgt. William F. Rothenbecker of the Northern District said Mr. Theodore also is a suspect in several armed robberies in the Sun Valley neighborhood.

The first break-in in which Mr. Theodore was charged occurred ** March 10 at the home of a 69-year-old woman on Effies Lane. Detective Jeffrey Pevo said the woman was not home. The burglar stole a VCR, television and jewelry.

Mr. Theodore also is charged with breaking into the home of an 85-year-old woman who is confined to her bed and stealing jewelry and money from the bedroom as she watched helplessly.

"He cut the phone lines so she couldn't even call the police," Detective Pevo said.

The third break-in occurred March 23 at a house on Spencer Road. The burglar confronted a 77-year-old man in the kitchen. Detective Pevo said that after a struggle the burglar overturned a dresser on top of the man, who was treated for cuts and bruises.

Mr. Theodore was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police received a tip that he was at a relative's house on Freetown Road. Police said the man refused to come out of the house, but surrendered once members of the Special Operations Squad, armed with an arrest warrant, entered the home and found him hiding in the attic.

Detective Pevo credited Officers Augie Hine and Joe Hatcher, who patrol the Freetown area, and community residents with helping to catch the suspect, who police said robbed the homes to feed a $400-a-day cocaine addiction.

"I've had so any anonymous calls from people it's unbelievable," the detective said.

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