Man held in O'Malley office break-in


August 28, 2006|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,sun reporter

A 32-year-old tugboat operator from Maine was arrested early yesterday and charged with breaking into Mayor Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign headquarters in Baltimore's Canton section, police said.

The man's motive was unpolitical, police said.

"The guy was apparently intoxicated and looking for a bathroom," said Matt Jablow, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. "That's all there is to it. There's nothing sinister, as far as we can tell. He apparently had no idea what office he was in."

There was no apparent sign of a theft, police said.

O'Malley campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese, who made a 7 a.m. stop by the office after hearing of the incident, said "Nothing appeared to be missing and nothing appeared to be disturbed."

Even so, Jason Yereance of Walpole was being held last night at Central Booking and Intake Center on a $5,000 bail on two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit a theft and two counts of fourth-degree burglary, said Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office.

About 3:40 a.m., police responded to a forced entry alarm in the 2400 block of Boston St., where O'Malley's campaign office is located inside of an old factory building that has been converted to offices, according to charging documents. The front door of the building was locked and there was no sign of forced entry, but O'Malley's office door was unlocked, the charging documents said.

A police officer entered the building and went to the second floor, where he heard a door open. The officer spotted Yereance leaving Room 203, O'Malley's office. He asked Yereance if he was working, to which he responded, "No," the charging documents said.

Police said Yereance had entered the building through a door at the corner of Hudson and Boston streets and walked up a stairwell to O'Malley's office.

Reached last night at her home in Maine, Yereance's fiance, Lisa Clifford, said he was in Baltimore on business. "I haven't spoken to him; the only comment I can say is it's completely unrelated to the fact that it's a campaign office," she said. "Just because I know him. He's not political, and he's not from there."

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.