Suspected Perry Hall Home Burglar Arrested, Charged
Robert Edward Goetz, 60, was arrested at his home in the White Marsh area on Thursday.
A man accused of at least three daytime home burglaries in the Perry Hall area was arrested on Thursday.
Police have charged Robert Edward Goetz, 60, of the unit block of King Charles Circle in the White Marsh area, with three counts of first-degree burglary and related offenses, court records show.
Investigators have connected Goetz with two daytime home burglaries on Jan. 24—in the 9300 block of Ramblebrook Road and 9000 block of Gardenia Road—and one daytime home burglary on March 27 in the 4200 block of Mispillion Road, according to Capt. Michael Balog of the White Marsh police precinct.
Balog attributed the arrest to active neighbors who supplied investigators with detailed suspect and vehicle descriptions. While the suspect had originally been spotted in a white truck, he was eventually located after a witness supplied a description of the suspect's brown Volkswagen with a partial tag number, Balog said.
During the Mispillion Road burglary last month, a neighbor, hearing glass being broken, walked to the home and knocked on the front door. The suspect told the neighbor he was a cousin of the homeowner, before leaving the house, a police report showed.
"Burglars are usually pretty elusive, which is why we need witnesses to give good descriptions," Balog said.
In addition to the burglary charges, Goetz faces two counts of malicious destruction of property less than $500, one count of malicious destruction of property more than $500 and one count of theft of less than $1,000.
Another attempted home burglary was reported in Perry Hall on Wednesday. Between April 9 and April 11, at a townhome in the 4500 block of Golden Meadow Drive, a window screen was pushed in and a patio chair was moved, according to a police report. It is unknown if this incident is connected with any other recent burglaries, Balog said.
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