Suspect in break-ins charged in thefts during the winter

June 16, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man, who faces charges in a series of car break-ins, was arrested yesterday on 20 counts stemming from four unrelated burglaries early this year, court records show.

Mork K. Fields, 18, of the first block of Charles St. was ordered held on a $75,000 bond, pending a bail review hearing today.

Court records show Fields was one of five suspects charged with breaking into more than 200 locked and unlocked cars in the Westminster area in January and February.

He was charged in February with theft, possession with intent to distribute PCP, possession of marijuana and other counts. He was released on $25,000 bail.

Police have alleged that Fields is the leader of a loosely knit group of Westminster teen-agers and young adults, who feed heroin addictions by burglarizing homes or pilfering money and goods.

Yesterday's multiple charges of first-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction, plus related conspiracy counts stem from burglaries allegedly committed between Jan. 6 and March 24, according to charging documents.

The burglaries allegedly occurred in Millers on Jan. 6 and in Mount Airy and Westminster in March. Police said missing items included a gun, jewelry, stereo and electronic equipment, food and beverages and money.

Fields also is a suspect in similar incidents during the same three-month period in Howard and Frederick counties, state police investigators said.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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