Three men from out of state were charged with conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property related to nearly 20 home break-ins in northern Baltimore County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced yesterday.
Demar A. Brown, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jashon C. Fields, of Atlanta, and Kamar O. Beckles, of Teaneck, New Jersey, were charged federally because, in three instances, they allegedly transported stolen cash, jewelry, electronics, designer clothes and other goods from Maryland to North Carolina, according to an indictment.
If convicted, Brown, Fields and Beckles face five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge and 10 years for each charge of transporting stolen property over state lines.
Federal authorities say the men broke into homes by force or using rocks and other materials to smash windows and doors. Two would enter wearing gloves and masks and would disable security systems and cameras, or cover up the cameras if they couldn’t bypass them, and communicate on two-way radios while one waited in a get-away vehicle.
After making off with the stolen items, the robbers would check in to hotels in Maryland to store their haul, the feds allege.
The break-ins took place from late November 2017 until this past January, and during the height of the crime spree county officials held two meetings to address residents’ concerns.
Baltimore County police arrested the three suspects in Phoenix on Jan. 26. Federal authorities say police apprehended a dark green 2003 Ford Explorer with North Carolina plates, along with cash, gloves, flashlights, a reciprocating saw, an electric drill, a mallet, mobile phones and radios.
Court records indicate all three men are being held at the Baltimore County Bureau of Corrections as they await an Aug. 15 trial date on 75 charges each from the state, including counts of burglary, theft and conspiracy.
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