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DEALE, Md. (WJZ) — Surveillance video helps Anne Arundel County police arrest a suspect linked to numerous smash and grab robberies at local businesses.

Monique Griego has more on how they tracked him down.

Police say the suspect wore a mask or disguise in all of these robberies. But this time, surveillance video captured something else.

A calculated and extremely quick robbery is caught on tape. Surveillance video from Parks Liquors in Deale, Md. shows a suspect break the store’s window and climb inside. Ten seconds later, he’s back out and takes off with stolen cash in hand.

Anne Arundel County police arrested and identified the man as David Holland, 54, of Glen Burnie.

“[He] has been terrorizing our local business community going back to December 2012,” said Chief Kevin Davis, Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Police say Holland is suspected in countless smash and grab robberies in Maryland. They finally caught up with him last week after surveillance video captured the car he was driving.

Since July 28, detectives say he’s hit at least nine small businesses in Anne Arundel County.

“You name the type of business and he targeted it,” Davis said. “It was the same exact M.O. every time.”

Holland’s M.O. was to use a tire iron to smash out one of the windows and then head straight for the register.

“He was, like, down to business, you know? In and out,” said Lindsay Lease, Floyd’s stylist.

Lease is a stylist at Floyd’s 99 Barbershop in Crofton. She saw the surveillance video from when police say Holland smashed their shop.

“Break the window, maybe 20 seconds, took the register out. Got all $4.25 in quarters and gone,” Lease said.

Lease and the other employees are glad police finally caught up with him, because besides the shattered window, their sense of security was also damaged.

“Well, I feel like we fear our safety a little bit because this was right after closing,” she said.

Holland is facing nine counts of commercial robbery, but police say they expect to link him to even more robberies.

According to police, Holland got away with thousands of dollars, but caused more than that amount in damage.

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