Police arrest man suspected in at least 38 burglaries in city Recent pattern of crimes detected in northeast area

June 26, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Northeastern District police yesterday arrested a man they believe is responsible for at least 38 burglaries over the past month in the Goodnow Hill section of Northeast Baltimore.

Members of the district's Major Crimes Unit had noticed an increase in daytime burglaries since mid-May, said Officer Ed Vogt. Vogt and his partner, Officer Tony DiNunno, began regularly patrolling the Goodnow Hill Apartments between 10 a.m and 1 p.m., which seemed to be when most of the burglaries were occurring.

"We were kind of taking this personally," Vogt said. "He was starting to get under our skin."

Friday afternoon, police received a call about a suspicious person at a ground-level apartment in the 5100 block of Goodnow Road. When Vogt and DiNunno arrived, the person was gone.

About 10: 30 a.m. yesterday, Vogt and DiNunno were making their regular rounds when they saw someone trying to climb through a back window of an apartment near the one burglarized Friday.

When the officers reached the window, the burglar was running out the front door. They chased him and caught him in some woods between the apartment complex and Frankford Avenue.

Back at the station house, the suspect admitted committing at least 38 burglaries in the area, Vogt said. Police have confirmed 12 burglaries in which they have recovered stolen items from pawn shops. The property will be returned to its owners.

Harry Hughes, 28, of the 3200 block of Ramona Ave., was charged yesterday with three counts of burglary, three counts of theft over $300 and three counts of destruction of property. Other cases will go to the state's attorney's office for prosecution.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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