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Maryland man accused of multiple break-ins

Maryland man accused of multiple break-ins

Burglary and theft are often difficult crimes for police to pursue. They often occur when the home or vehicle is unoccupied, leaving no witnesses and very little evidence. Generally, there is nothing, in particular, tying the perpetrator to any particular property, so assembling a list of suspects is difficult or impossible. Often, robberies come in a string, one after another in a similar area. Local residents usually put a great deal of pressure on law enforcement officials in these situations.

When a suspect is apprehended in the commission of a robbery, there is a common assumption that he or she must have also committed a number of other robberies as well. Immediately, public opinion holds the suspect guilty of the other crimes in the area, in addition to the one for which he or she is accused. Sometimes, the suspect is charged with these crimes as well.

Charging one suspect with multiple related crimes is legal. However, authorities must have compelling evidence connecting the suspect to the related crimes. Simply apprehending him or her in an area that has experienced multiple break-ins is not enough.

A Maryland man is currently in a related situation after he was apprehended while allegedly attempting to steal a television. The incidents occurred in Delaware, where a number of beachside communities have recently reported approximately 40 robberies.

Police apprehended the 27-year-old man after a resident reported a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a nearby home. Following the man’s arrest, he was charged with five additional break-ins in the area that occurred in the last three months. For each break-in, he was charged with burglary or attempted burglary. Police have not stated what evidence ties the man to the additional robberies.

Source:, “Maryland man arrested in connection with area break-ins” Leigh Giangreco, Dec. 03, 2013

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