Men held in Prince George's are suspects in rash of burglaries

March 01, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

Police in Anne Arundel and three other counties suspect that two men held in the Prince George's County Detention Center are part of a trio that committed nearly 60 burglaries and other thefts in those jurisdictions, authorities said yesterday.

Larry Eugene Smith, 22, and Rodney Lee Smith, 28, who are not related and have no fixed addresses, are suspects in a rash of "garage door" burglaries, car thefts and thefts from autos in Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

A 17-year-old Odenton boy thought to be the third member of the ring is being held in the Boys Village in Cheltenham in Prince George's, Anne Arundel police said.

Larry Smith is being held on $16,000 bond on one burglary charge and a charge of tampering with an automobile, a spokeswoman for the Prince George's jail said yesterday. Rodney Smith is being held on $75,000 bond, also on a burglary charge, the spokeswoman said.

Police believe the trio committed nine crimes in Anne Arundel from early December to Feb. 21.

They are suspects in 20 crimes in Prince George's and nine in Montgomery County, said Detective Edward Bergin of the Anne Arundel police department's Western District.

Sgt. Steven Keller, a spokesman for Howard County police, said detectives there suspect the three may have committed 16 to 20 crimes.

Police believe the burglars entered homes through unlocked garage doors or got garage openers from unlocked cars in driveways, Detective Bergin said. In rare instances, the thieves broke into cars to get the device to open garage doors.

The thieves stole purses and wallets, Detective Bergin said.

In some instances they stole cars after getting the keys from inside the house.

Detective Bergin said the men were arrested on outstanding warrants from Prince George's county and that he will apply for Anne Arundel warrants today.

Detective Bergin, Detective Joseph Pazulski and Officer Scott

Gunn, all of Anne Arundel's Western District, arrested Larry Smith at a friend's apartment in the Prince George's section of Laurel about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and turned him over to Prince George's police.

Detective Bergin said police found evidence in a Mercedes-Benz stolen from the home of a Crofton man Feb. 21 that led them to Larry Smith, who implicated Rodney Smith and the juvenile.

Rodney Smith already was in jail, arrested Feb. 20 by Prince George's police after a high-speed chase. Detectives Bergin and Pazulski arrested the juvenile Friday morning at his sister's house in Odenton.

They released him to his sister after questioning, but Prince Georges police picked him up on a burglary charge and took him to Cheltenham, Detective Bergin said.

Police believe that Larry Smith and the juvenile stole a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E from a home in the 1700 block of Good Hope Drive in Crofton Feb. 21.

Around 10:30 a.m., the thieves led police on a chase along Brock Bridge Road in Laurel and escaped after abandoning the car in a driveway in the 12000 block of Fernwood Turn.

They used a garage door opener they found in a second car to get into the house on Good Hope Drive and take two wallets, a checkbook and the keys to the Mercedes-Benz, Detective Bergin said.

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