Two charged in commercial thefts along Rt. 40 in Joppa, Abingdon

  • William Antoine Edmonds
William Antoine Edmonds
December 10, 2013|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

Two men have been charged in connection with numerous thefts of air conditioning/heat pump units and commercial grade kitchen equipment from several businesses and homes along the Route 40 corridor.

Donald James Fruhling, 48, of the 1100 block of Shady Drive in Edgewood, and William Antoine Edmonds, 42, of the 700 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Baltimore, have each been charged with four counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000. .

Deputies began investigating the pair after receiving complaints from property managers and businesses between Nov. 18 and 22. The property managers reported thefts of heating and air conditioning units as well as commercial grade kitchen equipment. During that four-day period, deputies took reports from 519, 521 and 706 Pulaski Highway and 4017 Philadelphia Road, all in Abingdon. The estimated value of the thefts totaled more than $12,000.

Deputies also investigated complaints on Towne Center Drive in Joppa. The homes there were vacant, however, and deputies still need to determine who owns those properties.

Through investigation, and using surveillance videos from the affected businesses, deputies identified Fruhling as a suspect. They found that Fruhling and Edmonds would use Fruhling's Chevrolet Silverado pickup and, after allegedly stealing the units, would take them to various recycling centers and scrap metal yards, converting the stolen goods to cash.

On Dec. 5, both men were arrested without incident at Fruhling's home on Shady Drive.

As of Monday evening, Fruhling was still being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $7,500 bail, according to Maryland online court records.

Edmonds, who under the name William Evans was also wanted on an outstanding warrant from Baltimore City for fourth-degree burglary, is being held on a combined bail total of $15,000 and was still in jail at the detention center Monday night, according to Maryland online court records.

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