Two men charged in Fallston area burglaries

March 24, 1995|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

Two Edgewood men were arrested and charged in three Fallston area burglaries yesterday, in crimes state and local law enforcement authorities said eventually may resolve 21 similar thefts in the last month in that area.

Thomas Daniel Sears, 18, of the 6200 block of Baker Circle and his neighbor Clyde Michael Goins, 23, also of Baker Circle were charged on three counts each of first-degree burglary. The suspects are being held at the county jail, each in lieu of a $15,000 bond, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's spokesman.

The investigation is not complete and additional charges are pending, he said. "Our detectives believe these arrests will resolve 15 different cases," the sergeant said.

Michael McKelvin, a state police spokesman, said troopers have linked the pair to six more Fallston area burglaries.

Troopers estimate the value of stolen items and property damage to total $10,000, he said. In addition, sheriff's deputies have recovered more than $10,000 in stolen property, Sergeant Hopkins said.

Investigators got a break in the case about 2 a.m. Wednesday when a Fallston homeowner in the 2100 block of Haverbrook Road called police after hearing someone attempt to break into PTC his home.

The homeowner was able to provide deputies with descriptions of the men as he saw them leave his property, Sergeant Hopkins said.

About four hours later, two deputies saw a man fitting the description of one of the suspects and arrested Mr. Sears on a concealed weapons charge, Sergeant Hopkins said.

A second break came when deputies received a tip about Mr. Goins' whereabouts, and arrested him the same day.

After questioning the suspects, investigators obtained warrants to search their Baker Circle apartments and a car belonging to one of the men's brothers, Sergeant Hopkins said. They reported finding several televisions, VCRs, cellular telephones, clothing, jewelry and office equipment that had been reported stolen.

Mr. McKelvin said the suspects rarely broke into homes or cars. "They often found doors and windows unlocked, or keys left in an unlocked car, and gained entry without much difficulty," he said.

Sergeant Hopkins said anyone seeking information about recovered items should call Detective Randy Eyler of the sheriff's office at 410-836-5433, or state police criminal investigators at 410-838-4101.

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