Three men have been charged in connection with 47 car break-ins in Columbia, and Howard County police said they may be linked to to as many as 93 cases over the last year.
Neighborhood community resource officers began looking into resident complaints regarding the sale of drugs in the Hickory Ridge area of Columbia in December, police said.
After an investigation, multiple search warrants were served to residents in the 11800 block of New County Lane over the past 10 days. While in the home, officers located personal property reported stolen from a total of 93 vehicles dating back to March 2018. Officers linked the items back to their owners after finding identifying information among the property, including vehicle registrations, wallets, purses, work ID cards and tax documents, police said.
Officers also recovered a handgun, a stolen shotgun, a sawed-off gun, suspected crack cocaine and drug distribution paraphernalia, police said.
Investigators are processing the property and reaching out to victims as they are identified.
Officials said Davon Holden, 21, Tyres Holden, 20, and Brice Robinson, 23, are charged with varying counts of theft, malicious destruction of property, gun-related charges and more.
Robinson is being held without bond as the Howard County Detention Center. Tyres Holden is currently being held on $1,500 bond and Davon Holden is still in the booking process.
Many items, including cellphones, backpacks, jackets and tools have not been linked to a specific case. Detectives are asking for anyone who has been victim to a car break-in in the west Columbia area to call them at 410-313-STOP or email HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov. Victims should call whether or not they filed an initial police report.