ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Police arrested and charged an Essex man, who is allegedly notorious for committing commercial burglaries, with 14 burglary cases over the last two years

The suspect, 56-year-old David Warren Chilcote, was captured on video in numerous businesses over the duration of two years, but continuously wore a mask during the crimes, which gave the police little to work with for his identification.

Police sporadically posted the masked surveillance photos on social media in May of 2017, January 2018 and April 2018, but received no one came forward with any information that could help identify the suspect.

After further investigation, detectives were led to Chilcote, who is now charged with multiple counts of burglary, destruction of property and theft for prying or attempting to pry doors at the businesses — and in some cases, stealing cash.

The following businesses are victims to the suspect’s crimes:

  • Sept. 29, 2016, 12800 block of Frederick Road, Ellicott City
    Tradewinds Travel
    Beach Insurance
    Leedazzle Nail Salon
  • May 30, 2017, 9000 block of Chevrolet Drive, Ellicott City
    Office of Linda Liang, M.D.
    Lee Acupuncture
    A Touch of Brass
    La Bella Hair & Beauty
    Artipre Art Studio
  • May 30, 2017, 10000 block of Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
    Setareh Day Spa
    Nail Trix and Spa
  • Jan. 25, 2018, 12800 block of Frederick Road, Ellicott City
    Leedazzle Nail Salon
    West Friendship Animal Hospital
  • April 10, 2018, 11800 block of Scaggsville Road, Fulton
    McAdoodle Consignment

Chilcote is currently being held on no bond in another jurisdiction.

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This article is authored by Emma Tucker.


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