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Burglary crew arrested; police say they hit 50 homes

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Prince George’s County Police have arrested three men in connection with a series of more than 50 burglaries over the past several months. Many of the break-ins were concentrated in Oxon Hill.

The spate of burglaries began in December of 2012. Detectives realized quickly it was the same group because, in part, of the modus operandi caught, in part, by a home security camera.

Capt. Charles Hamby, of the burglary suppression unit of the Prince George’s County Police Department, told reporters: “They went into neighborhoods that were off the main drag. And they had one person in the crew who would knock on the door, looking for an individual. (They would make up a name.) And, if they didn’t get an answer, then they would target that house and burglarize that house.”

The thieves worked quickly, taking cash, televisions, expensive jewelry and numerous firearms, according to investigators.

The home security camera caught the type of vehicle the suspects were using. Patrol officers were informed. Then a citizen in D.C. flagged down an off-duty Prince George’s County policeman in his cruiser, saying that men were selling seven big-screen televisions out of their car. The citizen had copied down the license plate. Remembering the burglary lookout, the off-duty officer called the detectives, which led to the arrest of 40-year-old Anthony Nyrekie Edwards.

Further investigation led to the arrest of 24-year-old David Benjamin Neal. And then 21-year-old Jamal Isaiah Cooke was arrested. Police say some of those arrested are cooperating.

All three men are residents of Oxon Hill. Reporters asked one of the detectives working the burglaries: how important was that citizen tip with the license plate. Detective Dave Gross answered: “It broke the case for us.”

All three are charged with burglary. Two of the men remain in custody. Cooke has been released on a $25,000 bond.

Police say similar burglaries took place in Fairfax County, Va., and in Charles County, Md., during the same period of time. Investigators there are looking into the possibility that the same crew was involved in those cases.

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