Pair charged in apartment burglaries

November 20, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Police have arrested two Baltimore men in connection with a spate of burglaries of top-floor apartments in an Ellicott City complex, police said yesterday.

During the last month, burglars pried open access panels in apartment building hallways, then crawled over the apartments before punching their way through ceilings. Five apartments were burglarized at the Town & Country Greensview/West on Town and Country Boulevard, police said.

Charged with several counts of first-degree burglary and destruction of property were Gary Pernell Byrd, 33, and Carl Daniel Forte, 32. Byrd was being held without bail, and Forte was held on $100,000 bail at the Howard County Detention Center.

Howard police Sgt. Steven E. Keller said two men were spotted attempting to break into apartments in the 8900 block of Town and Country Blvd. on Tuesday about noon. Police responded, but the men had fled.

Several minutes later, an officer learned that maintenance workers had spotted the men and followed them to a shopping center on U.S. 40, inside the Baltimore County line, Keller said.

The men were seen going into a Babies R Us, where the maintenance workers identified them, Keller said. The suspects were arrested.

Pub Date: 11/20/97

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