TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Police have arrested three people for the some recent auto thefts in the Towson area.
Court documents show one of the men arrested yesterday faces 22 charges right now- and police say, as they piece together this investigation, there could be more.
According to Baltimore County Police, the arrests came following a parking complaint in Catonsville Wednesday morning.
Detectives from auto theft task force went to a home in the 600 block of Woodsdale Road after someone complained that a Honda CRV was blocking their driveway.
There the task force found that the CRV was among several vehicles stolen from the 1400-1600 block of Jeffers Road in the Ruxton-Riderwood neighborhood Friday morning.
Authorities watched as three men got into the stolen CRV on Woodsdale Road and drove to a nearby gas station. When they got out of the car, detectives approached them and they ran from the officers.
“My husband said he had seen some stuff when he had been out walking, he found somebody’s drivers license and some of their belongings,” said Mary Zak, a resident in the area.
All three were taken into custody Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. and they are charged with a “myriad of burglary, theft, and auto theft charges in six of the Towson cases.”
Some of the vehicles were located, but others remain missing along with personal property.
According to the police report, the suspects walked down the street checking door handles on street-parked vehicles. If the cars were unlocked, they stole personal items and if they found a key they stole the vehicle.
Hartman Konard Lewis, 21, of the 4600 block of Waterfall Court in Owings Mills was arrested along with 18-year-old Malik Kobe Warren of the 100 block of Nunnery Lane in Catonsville. A 14-year-old boy was also charged as a juvenile.
“One of the suspects just wandered through this neighborhood, started pulling on car door handles. The ones that opened up, they went through, stole items from. Looked for keys in the vehicle, found quite a few, stole those vehicles,” said Officer Jennifer Peach, Baltimore County Police.
Jeff Fountain was one of many to find his car rifled through.
“I quickly went through some of my key things that I would hope would be there that may not have any sentimental value to somebody else,” Fountain said.
Police suspect this trio also broke into a home, took keys from inside, and stole two cars from the driveway.
“Every neighbor has said, you know, this has never happened before. And you know, that’s the reason you move here. It’s a safe neighborhood,” said Hanna Frank, another area resident.
With three cars and stolen property still missing, police said the investigation into these suspects is far from over.
Police believe there are other people involved in this crime spree that they are still looking for.
Lewis and Warren are held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a forthcoming bail review hearing.
Anyone who may have additional information on these crimes or possible suspect information is asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.