Howard County Police Arrest 3 Men In Series Of Thefts At Home Depot

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ)—Howard County Police have arrested three men wanted in connection to a series of thefts from Home Depot in Ellicott City.

Police have charged 39-year-old Donnelle Markus Williams, of Baltimore, with five counts of theft, 53-year-old Eric Alexander Ellerbe, of Reisterstown, with four counts of theft and 45-year-old Alexander Jerome Mathews, of Baltimore, with five counts of theft.

Police believe Williams, Ellerbe and Mathews may be connected to more than 60 reported incidents of thefts from Home Depots since last December in the region.

Howard County detectives say at least three thefts occurred at the Home Depot in the 9100-block of Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City. The incidents include:

Feb. 3, at approximately 1 p.m., an employee reported seeing two males entering a vehicle after they activated a fire door. Surveillance footage indicated they stole numerous faucets prior to running out a fire door.

March 27, at 6:10 p.m., two males stole a paint sprayer and numerous faucets prior to running out a fire door.

March 29, at 1:50 p.m., a male stole numerous faucets prior to running out a fire door.

Through investigation, it was determined the suspects were driving a 2007 Pontiac G-6. On April 3 around 4:15 p.m., police spotted the vehicle entering the parking lot of the Ellicott City Home Depot.

The suspects, who were under surveillance, were arrested later that day by Howard County police officers after selling stolen faucets at a pawn store in Baltimore.

All three men are being held in the Howard County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

The investigation continues.

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