Photo via HCPD post on Facebook

Announced by Howard County Police Department on Facebook:

Even as we work through the challenges of this coronavirus crisis, our officers and detectives are still diligently working behind the scenes to close cases and hold criminals accountable. In one recent case, they made a significant arrest in a series of commercial burglaries dating back to last fall.

On April 5, police arrested Markus Swinson, 35, of Conquest Way in Odenton, and charged him with 34 total counts of burglary, theft, theft scheme, destruction of property, and rogue and vagabond.

In these cases, which spanned from the Route 1 corridor to the western end of the county, a suspect was targeting businesses to steal construction or landscaping tools. Altogether, tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen.

Police believe the suspect, now identified as Swinson, broke into Lenny’s Towing in Elkridge March 26 and stole various tools. The tools were found for sale online, and detectives were able to develop him as a suspect.

Through their tireless investigation in the days since, police were able to connect Swinson to at least five other commercial burglaries in the county since November:
• Nov. 16, 2019: First Impression Hardscapes in Jessup
• Jan. 31: LandCare in Laurel
• Feb. 8: Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood
• Feb. 18: Heil Plumbing in Jessup
• Feb. 24: New Direction Utilities in Sykesville

Swinson is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $25,000 bond. Police are continuing to investigate and believe he may be connected to several other commercial burglaries in the county.

Thank you to our dedicated detectives and officers who are continuing their important investigative work in the midst of these challenging times!

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Scott E