Two men suspected in up to 80 burglaries They are being held in break-ins at hair salons, candy store

June 13, 1996|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two men jailed Tuesday on charges of breaking into seven hair salons and a candy store in Baltimore County are suspects in as many as 80 burglaries at businesses in six counties, authorities said yesterday.

In the Baltimore County cases -- and in the others in Anne Arundel, Howard, Harford, Frederick and Montgomery counties -- burglars pried open back doors and stole money, police said.

BTC Charged in the burglaries committed from November to March were Charles B. Kropfelder, 30, of the 100 block of Sipple Ave. in Baltimore, who was arrested at his job at an Owings Mills paint store, and Christopher M. Ayres, 26, who was taken into custody at his Timonium home in the 100 block of Northwood Road, police said.

"This was good detective work," said Sgt. Kevin Novak, a Baltimore County police spokesman.

Police stopped Kropfelder and a female companion, who were in a pickup truck, at the entrance to White Marsh Plaza at 1: 30 a.m. Nov. 14, the same night that $150 was taken from the Hair Cuttery salon there during a burglary, according to court records.

Officer Steven Price was suspicious of the pair -- although the salon burglary had not been reported at the time -- and got their names and addresses before letting them go, the records say.

When the break-in was reported at 8: 45 a.m., Kropfelder became a suspect, Novak said, but detectives did not have enough evidence to charge him.

As the other salons and the candy store were burglarized, county police Detective Jay C. Landsman began looking for Kropfelder's girlfriend, whom he found last week in an Elkridge trailer park, according to the court records.

Police said she gave investigators information about the burglaries and helped identify Ayres.

Kropfelder and Ayres were being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 and $250,000 bail, respectively.

Pub Date: 6/13/96

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