UPDATE: After Cracking String of Package Thefts, Baltimore County Police Track Down Quilt’s Owner

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UPDATE (Tuesday, Jan. 23): Baltimore County police say they have tracked down the rightful owner of a hand-sewn quilt stolen in a string of package thefts.

The department said in an update posted online Monday night that “the quilt was intended as a holiday gift to [a] woman’s young granddaughter. Better late than never in this case! Thank you to all who shared this story, bringing it to a quick and happy resolution!”

ORIGINAL: A break in a weeks-long serial package-theft investigation in Baltimore County has led police to lots of stolen goods, and a simple question: Whose quilt is this?

County police last week arrested and charged Kenneth Sutphin, of Middle River, and Kimberly Brooks, of Glen Burnie, with 21 counts apiece of fourth-degree burglary, grand theft and theft valued at less than $100 or between $100 and $1,500. Authorities say they were involved in at least 40 thefts in which residents stretching from Cockeysville to Essex had packages stolen or ripped open on their front porches. (And that doesn’t even include cases from other counties; court records show Brooks also faces theft charges in Harford County.)

Police found they’d been camped out at the Deluxe Plaza Motel on Pulaski Highway in Baltimore, allegedly with dozens of stolen items in their room. Both were jailed last Thursday. Court records don’t list an attorney with their names or trial dates.

One of those stolen items stood out to police: a double-sided, hand-sewn rainbow quilt, seen above. Police say it has a “heartfelt inscription sewn onto it that detectives are hoping will help them determine who made the quilt.” Unfortunately, unlike with other items that were ordered online and can be replaced with relative ease, detectives can’t tell where the quilt came from or who it was meant for.

If this looks like you (or your mother) made it, or if you were supposed to receive a hand-made original quilt over the holidays but it never arrived, authorities ask that you call the Dundalk Precinct at 410-887-7309.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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  1. They also stole 45 laptop computers from my warehouse in Glen Burnie. Police have been searching for them since the beginning of December.

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