Three men face charges related to five burglaries in the western part of the county and Howard County Police are investigating their possible involvement in additional crimes.
Howard County Police were conducting a surveillance operation targeting one of the suspects when they allegedly saw him burglarizing a building on the 13000 block of Burntwoods Road in Glenelg.
Arrested was Joshua Alexander Santilli, 23, of Woodbine. Police say that during the investigation, they found other stolen property that connected Santilli to two additional suspects and four additional robberies:
- On July 3, police say suspects forced open a back door to a house on the 3000 block of Florence Road in Woodbine. The resident at that home said cash and jewelry was stolen.
- On Aug. 3, police say suspects stole jewelry from a home on the 2100 block of Mount View Road in Marriottsville. Police believe the suspects entered the house through an unlocked window.
- On July 9, a woman told police that she found one of the suspects – who she knew – inside of her home, also on the 2100 block of Mount View Road in Marriottsville. The woman told the suspect to leave and he did, but she later noticed that her wallet was missing from her purse.
- On Aug. 14, police say a resident returned to his home on the 600 block of Watersville Road in Mt. Airy to find a stranger’s car in his driveway. The resident said he saw the suspect walking out from behind his house. The resident said he confronted the suspect, who made an excuse and drove off. The victim told police that valuable coins were missing from his house.
Charged in the burglaries along with Santilli are Andrew Harrison Harker, 22, of Mt. Airy and William Edward Selby, 49, of West Friendship.
Harker faces charges for burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property. Selby faces burglary and theft charges. Santilli was charged with several burglary charges, theft and malicious destruction of property.
All three are being held at the Howard County Detention Center. Police say they are investigating the possible connections to similar burglaries in the area.