Baltimore County police name suspect in smash-and-grab store burglaries

February 01, 2010|By Nick Madigan | | Baltimore Sun reporter

Baltimore County police have identified a man they believe is responsible for the smash-and-grab burglary of a closed Royal Farms store in Towson on Jan. 18 and several other burglaries. He is Steven Lee Blankenship, 27, who has no fixed address but is known to frequent the Dundalk area of Baltimore County, as well as Harford County, authorities say.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Blankenship after linking him to the Towson burglary, from which a large quantity of cigarettes were taken. He is also suspected of committing at least three other nighttime burglaries of stores in the area. In each case, police say, a plate-glass window was smashed to gain entry.

Blankenship is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with green eyes and light brown or blond hair.

Last week, police released a surveillance photograph of a man burglarizing the Towson store and asked for the public's help in identifying him. The photo prompted someone to call police over the weekend and identify the suspect as Blankenship.

The smash-and-grab burglaries involved four businesses. A police statement issued Thursday said the burglaries were committed in the early morning hours by breaking the stores' front glass windows.

In addition to the break-in at the Royal Farms store at 601 Southwick Drive on Jan. 18, for which Blankenship has been charged with burglary, police believe he also hit the High's Dairy Store at 15301 Hanover Pike in Upperco about an hour earlier, although nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Two days later, he is thought to have taken cigarettes and a money box from Wally's Country Store at 19200 Middletown Road in Parkton. Two and a half hours later, police say, the same man broke into the Maryland Line Service Center at 21307 York Road in Parkton, but apparently took nothing.

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