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Alleged Laurel Burglar Now Charged in Six More Break-ins

The burglaries all happened in the same community in which the suspect lives, according to police.

A Laurel man who was after allegedly breaking into a Russett home in December has been connected with burglaries at six other residences, according to the Anne Arundel Police Department.

Brenden Kristopher Baker, 20, of 8167 Edge Rock Way in Laurel, has, according to court records, been charged with:

  • six new counts of first-degree burglary
  • six new counts of third-degree burglary
  • 12 new counts of fourth-degree burglary
  • two new counts of theft of property valued between $10,000 and $100,000
  • two new counts of theft of property valued between $1,000 and $10,000
  • one new count of theft of property valued at less than $1,000
  • one new count of theft of property valued at less than $100

The burglaries all came in the same Russett Green Community in which Baker lives, according to police.

Those burglaries happened on Sept. 9, Sept. 14, Oct.4-5, Oct. 13, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13, according to court records.

Those charges are in addition to the charges arising from Baker's initial arrest back in December:

  • one count of first-degree burglary
  • two counts of attempted first-degree burglary
  • one count of fourth-degree burglary 
  • one count of attempted theft of property valued between $10,000 and $100,000
  • one count of attempted theft of property valued between $1,000 and $10,000
  • one count of attempted theft of property valued at less than $1,000
  • one count of malicious destruction of property

Baker was initially arrested Dec. 16 after allegedly trying to break into one house in Laurel and then successfully breaking into another, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Police were called that afternoon to the 3000 block of Shoreline Boulevard, where a man told officers he had just seen a person dressed in camouflage walk around a neighbor's house and onto a rear deck.

The witness told officers he'd shouted at the person, who then ran into the woods.

Police followed footprints in the snow, which led them to a home on the 3000 block of Lost Creek Boulevard. There, they saw an open window and a screen on the ground.

Baker had allegedly closed the window from inside and subsequently ignored officers' commands, police said. Police then surrounded the home, went inside and found Baker hiding in the basement.

Nobody was home at the time, police said.

Dana Schwartz February 28, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Edge Rock Way, Lost Creek Boulevard, Shoreline Boulevard, and the Russett Green Community are not in Laurel, but rather several miles outside the City and in another County.
Brandi February 28, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Actually Dana, All of that is Still considered Laurel, even though it is Anne Arundel County and some use the term Maryland City I just moved to Russett, and my mail certainly says Laurel, even with the 2072# zip code
Dana Schwartz February 28, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Brandi - Actually, all of that is not Laurel. The US Post Office in Laurel does serve a lot of areas, in several counties, but having that mailing address does not automatically make them part of the City of Laurel. (Do you pay Laurel City property taxes? Do you get Laurel services like plowing and garbage pickup? If not, you're not "in Laurel".) One can consider oneself whatever one wants, but this is journalistic reporting here. An important part of journalism is accuracy, and its just not accurate to say that this is a "Laurel man" or that these burglaries occurred "in Laurel". The Patch Editor has just emailed me "maybe you should just give it a rest, ok?". Don't understand why there is a comment section for each article if not to correct inaccuracies. If you don't want to know about possible inaccuracies in the Patch reporting, just don't read the comments.
JJ1 March 01, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Brandie is correct. It is STILL considered Laurel (Anne Arundel County) and has been for the past 18 years or so. "Laurel" is spread out over 4 Maryland counties - Prince Georges, sliver of Montgomery, Howard, and Anne Arundel. The area on the Anne Arundel County side is alternatively referred to as Maryland City - Russett. The post office finds Laurel acceptable for the area and always has.

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