Suspect held in connection with 15 burglaries Stolen car helps end monthlong search

July 03, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

County police say they have solved 15 burglaries in Jessup, Hanover and Severn over the last three months with the confession by a man arrested last week after a high-speed chase along Interstate 95 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

Charles William Queen Jr., 28, of the 3500 block of Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel was charged with one count of burglary and traffic charges after the June 24 chase that ended in a crash on West Nursery Road in Linthicum. He was being held on $30,000 bond.

Authorities said yesterday they expect the state's attorney's office to charge him with 14 more burglaries from April to mid-June.

Police had been looking for Queen since May 22, when his fingerprint was lifted from a piece of equipment that was moved in a burglary in the 7200 block of Wright Road in Jessup.

Det. Perry Sauers of the Western District police station said he thought Queen may have been involved in that burglary and a series of others in which the culprit would kick in the front door, steal televisions, video cassette recorders, and stereo equipment, then leave within minutes. The thief got away with an estimated $9,000 worth of equipment over three months, police said.

Sauers was looking for a big man and Queen, at more than 6 feet and 240 pounds, was a prime suspect.

When the fingerprint lifted from the house on Wright Road matched Queen's, police issued a warrant and went looking for him. But it was a difficult search, for they had no idea where he was living or what kind of car he was driving.

"It was like looking for a needle in a haystack," Sauers said.

On June 24, a woman reported her green, 1992 Dodge Shadow stolen from a gas station on Route 216 in Laurel about 10: 15 a.m. About 15 minutes later, a trooper saw a car fitting the description on Interstate 95.

State Police arrested the driver, identified as Queen, and contacted Sauers.

rTC Queen told police he committed the burglaries to support his heroin addiction.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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