Man arrested in connection with home burglaries in Harford, Baltimore counties

October 25, 2012|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

A Kingsville man wanted in connection with several home burglaries in Harford and Baltimore counties was arrested Wednesday morning, Maryland State Police said.

Joel Lee Knauer, 35, of the 7000 block of Mount Vista Road, was taken into custody on arrest warrants for burglary in the two counties, State Police said.

Investigators from the Bel Air Barrack and troopers from the State Apprehension Team responded to a residence in Middle River at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, where they arrested Knauer after he attempted to flee from the rear of the residence, State Police said in a news release issued from the Bel Air Barrack.

According to the news release, during the last month criminal investigators from the Bel Air Barrack and Baltimore County Police Department detectives have been investigating numerous burglaries occurring in Harford and Baltimore counties.

The burglar would forcibly enter the residences where he stole "copious amounts of money and jewelry," the news release continued. During the State Police investigation, about 200 pieces of property were recovered and returned to various victims.

Knauer has been charged with three counts of first degree burglary, two counts of third degree burglary, four counts of fourth degree burglary, one count of theft over $1000, two counts of theft over $10,000 and two counts of malicious destruction of property.

At a bail review hearing Thursday afternoon in Harford County District Court in Bel Air, Knauer told Judge Victor Butanis he lives with his mother and is unemployed.

Butanis left Knauer's bail at $100,000 on each of the two charges he faces in Harford County. He was returned to the Harford County Detention Center.

Maryland electronic court records show Knauer pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree burglary in Harford County Circuit Court in August 2002 and was sentenced to six years in prison.

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