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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 and —and one daytime home burglary on March 27 in the , according to Capt. Michael Balog of the .

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 .

"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.

Police are also continuing their investigation of in the Perry Hall and areas, he added.

If you thought there was a burglar in your neighborhood, how would you react? How can neighborhoods fight property crime? Tell us in the comments.

Alex Cole April 19, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Race doesn't seem to "matter" when the perps are white, but when they are black, an overarching justification for stereotyping is allowed. In other words, you see black face and think, "of course". That's the difference. Let's not play silly.
Tim April 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Your right Alex. Because people are narrow minded and foolish. On both sides, but it's particularly embarassing for me as a caucasian, seeing all the racial stereotyping and profiling that old people with partially functioning minds applying their biases in what proves out to be false time and again locally. It's just sad, but I can't make anyone have an open mind. Other then my child, who will.
T.H. April 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I know him also he is nice to your face but that is the what some one like this has to do in order to keep stealing from working people.
XOX-G. April 19, 2012 at 08:47 PM
XX I have known this man for 8 years. He is a most wonderful, kind, and loving husband and father and grandfather. Good worker. Never any problems....really! I am DEVASTATED to read about all this! It does not "fit" the picture or the man I know. I just cannot accept that he did these robberies. WHY???? The only thing I can imagine is that some people can "step outside their true lives" and do something terrible. Kind of like a double personality. Seems this is happening too many times all around the Country. I cannot accept WHY he did all this! It has destroyed a friendship! Maybe, in time, we will find out if this behavior could have been caused by sme illness or medication or some post-traumatic stress of some kind. That is the only thing I will choose to believe. If I am wrong--- I will do a lot of crying......for the loss of a great friend.
Red Dolphin April 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
not sure if Gita is in denial or what ? he may be very polite, he maybe good to his family, but hes not an honest person no matter who you slice it ,Gita, sure things can affect people loike drug addictions, or financial hardships, gee I dont know? do youthinkhe owed some one alot of money over a gambling debt or something? and was threatened with bodily harm ? just asking
XOX-G. April 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I am not in denial--as I have read all the Patch reports on this case. So sad! And, what hurts me the most is that i have to accept that all he is charged with is presumed. I am not denying it. I am just "lost" how this nice person I have known for so long could do all this....I will, surely, keep up to date as any other info on this surfaces. And---I will grieve along with about 100 other people...maybe even more. Red Dolphin--As far as I know--none of the assumptions you put forth are valid--- to the best of my knowledge. But--then I only know him as a co-worker. Our lives have never crossed outside of the work environment.
DD April 20, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Hey Remember we live in America, innocent until proven guilty! Don't assume, is can make an A_ _ of u and me.
Paul Amirault April 20, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I have come to the conclusion that the same idiot posts with various surnames how "he" or "she" knows these various criminals and can't understand their behavior. Thus, avoid responding to this sick person. Over and over again.
BT April 20, 2012 at 03:05 AM
These various posts are probably not from the same person.. Being a co-worker of Bob's for 20 years I can substantiate the fact that he is a wonderful person. I only hope this is a huge mistake. I only know him in the work environment and find it hard to believe that these accusations are true.
Red Dolphin April 20, 2012 at 03:17 AM
To X0X-G : With all due respect I did not assume anything I put forth some possbile reasons that he MAY have had , and I believe you when you say that youre not in denial,,,,,,,,, Im not trying to be harsh , I hope he gets himself back in good standing again,,,,,,,, we all make mistakes,,,,,,,,,,, I commend you for your compassion for him and for letting it be known that this is out of character for him, that's why I thought of some unusual problems he may have had to drive him to do something he would not normally do, Im not judging him or you for that matter ,if I sounded like i was I apologize, let's wait and see
Paul Amirault April 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Red Dolphin - BT, X0X-G, Dee, GM, mh, ml all are making their first posts today with the same "I know him, he's nice" comment. I have seen this same line of posts anytime a criminal story is on the Patch. The poster is a fraud.
Paul Amirault April 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Red, you've been had by a fraud.
Red Dolphin April 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM
thanks Paul, " it is what it is" as faras the burgler goes you know ? Im not a " bleeding-heart" per se....... I was willing to back off a bit 'til more was known, trying to be at least compassionate, nice guys dont do bad deeds like that, again I was willing to try and understand, what might drive a other wise decent perso to do stuff like that. but you;re right Paul, there was reaaly no need for me to apologize, Inever stepped over the line to begin with, if I had that would be different here I am trying to be nice , HUH! I dont steal or burglarize homes,,,,,,,,, why should I feel sorry for him
Paul Amirault April 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Red, you are right. Just weird how some people get their jollies.
XOX-G. April 20, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Paul---Not a fraud here! In your mind, we who all say that he is a really nice person are "idiots". Got a mirror??? We all truly liked him and cannot understand why he would do this kind of a thing. First time Poster--yes! I have never blogged anywhere--so this IS my first time. This person has a second PT job at a place that has around 130 employees. More than half of them have known him for all the years he has worked there and all feel the same towards him. Yes! We all can say that he is a really nice person. I know who ml and mh are--two other co-workers. So many others posting here just sling mud. They do not know, or have ever known, the accused person. These posters thrive on their "power" to incite others to act likewise. Blogs are full of people that live to do that kind of a thing. Red--I appreciated your compassionate comments. No need to apologize to me.
DK April 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
If this guy works in the day time hours ....Why was he breaking in houses during the day ?? Was he taken a lunch break ? And if he can post bail so fast why is he STEALING ??? All takers are pretty much sweet talkers...That's how they get what they want. He's no Mr Nice guy..He's a theive !!! It was no family dispute over belongings left behind after a death of a family member GM ...He broke into peoples homes he didn't even know !! Stop fooling yourself ! To everyone in Mr Goetz defence....How would you like it he was stalking your neighborhood and ROBBED YOU !!!!
Red Dolphin April 20, 2012 at 08:18 PM
correct spelling is "Thief " and "defense" when in doubt use spell check :)
Other Tim April 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Period after defense. Upper case on When. Glass houses.
Other Tim April 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Sorry. This was intended as a reply to Red Dolphin.
XOX-G. April 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Just FYI to all of you----ALL IS WELL! The suspect did NONE of these break ins. He is 100% innocent! It is now in the hands of the lawyers and all the witnesses to bring those who perpetrated these false accusations to justice. To accuse an innocent man--and cause him so much grief AND $$$$$ just is not right. Can't wait to see WHO the real burglars were!!!!!!!!!!! We will know--eventually.
ml April 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I am not a fraud!!!!!!!! This man is innocent and being falsely accused of something he DID NOT do! I trust this man with everything in my life! The truth will come out and all you ppl that are saying this man that none of you know is guilty you will be eating your words! Fraud that!!!!!!!!!!!
Paul Amirault April 22, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Bill Clinton come to mind?
Tim April 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
or you'll be wrong, and never admit it. You're correct. We'll see. Right now he's accused. Don't blame the public for that. Everyone gets their day in court.
CNT April 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
First of all if you really KNEW the person you are speaking of you would know that he DID NOT do it, he is being accused of something he had NOTHING to do with at all so before you go destroying a "friendship" (if that is what you would call it) know that this person would NEVER hurt a fly!!!!!! That just goes to show that no you really do not know him because if you did then you would know that he does not have the ability to do something like this!!! The truth will prevail!!!!!!!!!!!
CNT April 24, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Well Paul, I DO know this man and have all my life and I will tell you he is not a FRAUD he is a kind and gentle man who cares about his family and is dedicated to his work!! He has worked hard all of his life and would never do what he is being accused of so before you go running off at the mouth KNOW what you are talking about and not everything you READ about!!!!!
CNT April 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
To Tim - YOU ARE 100% WRONG and I know it!! He is accused, you are right about that, but NO he did not do this, but then again you wouldn't know that because you just judge on what you read! You do not know him and the person that he is I on the other hand DO and have all my life; therefore don't believe everything you read! How would you feel if one of the people in your life that you cared for was being accused of something he/she didn't do and had to go through all of this pain an agony because of someone else?? Would you be so fast to judge then? I think not!! So before you and everyone one else are so fast to judge think about that!!!!!!!!!
XOX-G. April 24, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Paul---- Paul--whoever you are--and whatever miserable life you lead--- I hope you have something else to do in your life besides spewing negative thought on this Blog. Is that how you get your "jollies"???? Do you ever admit that you are WRONG??????? Your kind of a persona makes me sick! Get a life!!!!!!!
ITPG April 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Before anyone starts commenting on whether a person is guilty or innocent they should get there facts straight. Ever here the saying you can't believe everythin you read. The true facts emerge from this case will all of you on here be willing to apologise to a man that you know nothing about other than what you have read or made up. If I were you guys I would continue to lock your doors and windows at night because the person commiting these crimes has not been caught and is still out there. This man is completely 100% innocent. Never has anyone in the state of Maryland been falsely accused?????
paul May 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
About The Kevin Raposo Post: This is nothing more than an advertisement / scam for a business. Whether the story from a past criminal is true or not please be aware. Any safe keeping methods need to come from credible law enforcement and not from someone advertising their business. All his other posts are all over the country with the same shtick.
S-Angel June 12, 2012 at 06:17 PM
S-Angel To all the non believers, this man is 100 percent innocent. I work with him. He works 2 jobs, a friend to everyone. In the final analysis, you are innocent until proven guilty, all remember that. It could be me, it could be you. So, lets not jumb ahead of ourselves, and wait for the outcome of this. Have a little faith people. Have faith in your friend, co-worker, and family.

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