A man jailed at the Harford County Detention Center has been charged in two burglaries in western Howard County after investigators matched his fingerprint to one at a crime scene, Howard County police said.
Richard Allen Thurston of the 5500 block of Windsor Mill Road was being held without bond at the Bel Air jail on several burglary charges in Harford County.
On Thursday, Howard detectives charged him with burglary, theft and destruction of property, according to documents in Howard District Court. Investigators believe a second man is involved, but no other arrest has been made, Sgt. Steven Keller, a Howard police spokesman, said.
Police have investigated more than two dozen burglaries of secluded homes in Howard, Harford, Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery counties between Nov. 7 and Dec. 26.
Investigators said the burglars chose homes with long driveways. They knocked to see if anyone was home and then forced their way in if no one answered, police said.
The two Howard burglaries in which Mr. Thurston is charged occurred Nov. 22 at homes in the 15600 block of Union Chapel Road and in the 16100 block of Ed Warfield Road.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., police said, someone forced open doors leading from garages into the homes and took bracelets, rings, necklaces and other jewelry.
Harford County sheriff's deputies and the state police arrested Mr. Thurston Dec. 27 after finding his fingerprint at a crime scene, authorities said.
Howard investigators said they matched the print to one found at the Union Chapel Road home.
Because the burglary on Ed Warfield Road was similar to the one on Union Chapel Road and took place only a mile away, Mr. Thurston was charged in both cases, police said.