Burglary spree suspect arrested
Police announce arrest in string of commercial burglaries at Suburban Plaza
4:23 p.m., Aug. 30, 2012--The Newark Police Department has announced an arrest in a string of commercial burglaries that occurred during the early morning hours of Aug. 23 and two nights later.
Police said that through a joint investigation involving multiple police agencies, Norman E. Barnes, 49, of Elkton, Md., was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, Aug. 30, at a motel in Elkton.
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Newark Police investigated a string of commercial burglaries in the Suburban Plaza Shopping Center on Aug. 23 and two nights later investigated an additional burglary of a jewelry store, also in Suburban Plaza.
Through surveillance video from the Aug. 23 burglaries, Newark detectives determined that the suspect was the same individual involved in a May 20 burglary of the Applebee’s restaurant, also in Suburban Plaza.
Newark Police released still images and surveillance video of the suspect to surrounding police agencies, and Elkton Police identified Barnes as a possible suspect.
His vehicle was located by Newark Police shortly after midnight Aug. 30 in the parking lot of a motel located on Elkton Road in Maryland. Newark Police contacted Elkton Police for assistance and together officers from the two departments took Barnes into custody without incident. Police said Barnes was found in possession of items linking him to the burglaries, including burglary tools.
Barnes was turned over to the Cecil County (Md.) Sheriff’s Office, which has charged him with two burglaries in their jurisdiction. He is currently in custody at the Cecil County Detention in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Upon his release from Cecil County, Barnes will be charged by Newark Police with 28 criminal charges involving the burglaries of eight commercial businesses and the attempted burglaries of three additional businesses.