Police recount men's night in the cold woods with hot loot
Here’s a tough spot from which to explain yourself to police: Late at night, about 28 degrees, and they have just found you hiding in a thicket of brush and trees outside a house that has a bunch of stuff missing from it.
Near your feet are seven watches, a diamond bracelet, a checkbook, and an Apple laptop. Nearby are three buddies. One's carrying an $80 Texas Instruments calculator.
Thus did Montgomery County police describe a weekend case in Burtonsville, according to their statements of probable cause made public in court records on Monday.
Officers charged four suspects -- an 18-year-old and 19-year-old, both from Burtonsville, who were locked into the county jail, and two juveniles, who were released to the custody of family members -- with burglary, theft and property destruction offenses, according to authorities.
The incident unfolded shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday when a 31-year-old woman returned to her house and noted te lights on inside, and uninvited guests “running through the interior,” according to the probable cause documents. She called the police.
Officers arrived to find a rear door and window broken. A second-floor rear window was also open with its screen cut out, according to police.
The officers were examining these possible entry points when one of them heard a rustling noise from the woods nearby. Police went to check and found the quartet. One of the juveniles had with him “a red handled screwdriver, confessed to later as the tool used to break the windows and the door glass,” according to police.
The watches were all valued from $50 to $230. The Powerbook computer looks to be a nice one, valued with its briefcase at $2,700.
All four suspects, according to the police, admitted they drove around Saturday night looking for a random house to break into. One of their vehicles was found parked in front of the house they chose to enter, authorities said.
Police identified the adult suspects as Murtaza A. Kazmi, 19, of Dunwood Terrace in Burtonsville, and Guillermo A. Letona, 18, of Leatherwood Terrace in Burtonsville. Kazmi was released on bond Monday night, a jail official said.
A message left on the phone number listed in arrest records wasn’t returned. Letona was still in custody Tuesday morning, according to a jail official.
-- Dan Morse
December 15, 2009; 8:01 AM ET
Categories: Dan Morse , Montgomery , Offbeat
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