Burglary suspect held in 4 cases

Police investigating whether man, 27, involved in string of break-ins

May 10, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 27-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged with four burglaries in North Baltimore, and police said they are investigating whether he might be responsible for at least 30 others.

Cornell Anderson of the 2400 block of Greenmount Ave. was arrested about 1 a.m. as he fled a burglary in the 3000 block of Barclay St. in Charles Village, according to police.

In addition to that break-in, Anderson was charged with burglaries in the Oakenshawe, Roland Park and Keswick neighborhoods. Anderson was being held last night at Central Booking and Intake Center, awaiting a bail hearing.

Police said they were seeking a second suspect, whom they declined to identify.

According to police, the string of about 30 burglaries began in mid-March, mostly in the Guilford and Oakenshawe neighborhoods. Thieves smashed windows and crawled into houses, stealing purses, cash and credit cards, said Sgt. Dennis Smith of the Northern District.

In one of the break-ins in which Anderson was charged, burglars struck a house in the 200 block of Homewood Terrace in Oakenshawe on Sunday and took credit cards, cash and a cellular phone, Smith said. Also stolen was the owner's 2001 Nissan Quest minivan, Smith said.

Detective Todd Eibner tracked purchases made with the stolen credit cards to a building-supply store in Perry Hall, where a man seen in a video surveillance tape appears to match Anderson, Smith said.

Investigators are awaiting the results of forensic tests as part of the investigation of other burglaries, he added.

Anderson was arrested in 1999 and charged with several similar burglaries in the same area and sentenced to two years in prison. He was released late last year but remained on probation for three years, according to court records.

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