A Glen Burnie couple have been arrested in West Palm Beach, Fla., as suspects in a series of distinctive robberies in eastern Maryland.
Raymond John Jordan, 34, and Patricia Lynn Deetz, 33, whose last known address was in the 7900 block of Silverleaf Court, are due to be returned to Maryland next week. They are charged in seven burglaries in Anne Arundel County, but police say they believe their arrest may close the books on dozens of burglaries from Howard County to the Eastern Shore.
Arundel police said that in late January they began seeing burglaries in Arnold in which thieves would kick in a back or side door and steal expensive jewelry. The culprits moved from Arnold to Linthicum in early February and robbed three more homes before police got a break in the case.
About 11: 30 a.m. Feb. 10, a woman walked into her home on Autumn Gold Road in Gambrills and found a burglar, police said. The man ran out of the house empty-handed to a waiting car with a woman inside, police said.
The resident called police, providing them with a description of the car and its license number. Officers traced the car to Jordan and his Silverleaf Court apartment, and to his father's home in Pasadena, police said. Police staked out both places, but the car never appeared.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 10, a homeowner from the 1800 block of Crofton Parkway reported that his house had been burglarized and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and collector coins stolen. Police said the house's back door had been kicked in.
Three hours later, Arundel Detectives Debra Arduini and Edward White received an anonymous tip that the couple was staying at the Beltway Motel in the 3600 block of Washington Blvd. in Baltimore County. The detectives did not know of the Crofton burglary because the report had not been transmitted to the detective unit.
The detectives found a woman at the motel with $15,000 worth of gold rings, necklaces and collector coins. They questioned the woman, but let her go when they could not link her to any crime.
When the detectives learned of the Crofton burglary the next day, they returned to the motel, but the couple had left. Police then obtained warrants for their arrests.
Meanwhile, Howard County detectives who were investigating 20 similar burglaries thought that the Anne Arundel suspects could be responsible, police said.
Howard officers obtained a warrant and searched the couple's Glen Burnie apartment and the home of the man's father in Pasadena on Feb. 14. They found more jewelry and other items that linked the couple to burglaries in Howard and Queen Anne's counties, police said.
Pub Date: 3/06/97