Arundel police arrest three in thefts at storage units

259 break-ins occurred at Howard, Arundel facilities

February 17, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel

Anne Arundel County police have arrested three men they believe are responsible for 259 break-ins of self-storage units in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

Investigators now are sorting through items seized in searches of two homes as well as a self-storage unit that they said one of the suspects rented, in an effort to match their haul with storage unit renters who reported thefts.

"It does appear that some of the items have been pawned," police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.

Police have recovered clothing and collectibles, pots and pans, and other items since receiving a tip in late January from an informant, they said.

The nighttime burglaries occurred in December and January. Nearly 150 units were forced open at Public Storage in the 7100 block of Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie; Extra Storage in the 8200 block of Veterans Highway in Millersville; and Public Storage in the 1000 block of Route 3 North in Gambrills, Anne Arundel County police said.

Another 114 units at Public Storage in the 7000 block of Old Waterloo Road in Elkridge were burglarized in January, Howard County police spokeswoman Elizabeth Schroen said.

Anne Arundel County police said they found property from break-ins in searches of a home in the 8400 block of Spring Road in Pasadena - where two of the men arrested lived - and a residence in the 1600 block of Cypress St. in Baltimore, where one of the three men charged sometimes stayed.

One of the arrested men rented the self-storage unit in Glen Burnie that held goods from the break-ins, Mulcahy said.

Mulcahy said burglary and theft charges were filed against Frank C. Lamb, 21, and William C. Pierce, 29, both of the Pasadena address, and Justin Kiser, 30, of the 600 block of Sutton Drive in Pasadena.

Howard County police said they not have not filed charges. Police in both counties said their investigations are continuing.

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