Police charge 2 men in Arundel burglaries



Anne Arundel County police arrested two men early yesterday in connection with dozens of commercial burglaries in the county over the past three months.

John Francis Dunnigan, 25, of no fixed address was charged with 30 counts of burglary, police said. Michael Francis Arrington, 26, of Pasadena was charged with 15 counts of burglary, police said. Additional charges are possible, police said.

County police began their investigation after a burglary at a salon Jan. 15, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, a police spokesman.

During the investigation, officers in the county's Northern District began recognizing similarities among subsequent burglaries at restaurants and other businesses around the county, Urbas said. Working on a hunch, the officers produced a mug shot of a suspect they knew from previous cases and distributed it throughout the department.

Another officer - from the county's Western District - recognized the photo from a video surveillance tape from one of the burglaries, Urbas said. At that point, officers began an "aggressive search" for Dunnigan, Urbas said.

The arrests were made about 2:40 a.m. after officers from the Eastern District responded to an alarm at Carini's Pizza in the 100 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, police said. The officers noticed that a glass door was smashed and saw a Chevrolet Cavalier driving away from the scene.

Police stopped the car and arrested Dunnigan and Arrington.

Dunnigan was found guilty of second-degree burglary in January 2005 and in 2004; and was convicted of second-degree assault in 2002 and 1999, according to computerized court records.

Arrington was found guilty of first-degree assault in December 2005, court records showed.


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