A Cub Hill man has been arrested and charged in a series of break-ins at businesses in Parkville and Fullerton and reportedly told officers that he had committed the crimes "for attention."
Stephen Michael Sprecher, 18, of the unit block of Strabane Court was arrested and charged with three counts each of second- and fourth-degree burglary, three counts of malicious destruction of property, making a false statement to a police officer and drug possession. He has been released from the Baltimore County Detention Center on $10,000 bond, according to court records.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, police received an alarm call for a break-in at Christian Solider at 9002 Harford Rd., according to a police report.
Upon arrival, officers found Sprecher standing outside the business and interviewed him about the crime, according to the report.
At the time, Sprecher told officers that he saw three black males drive up in a car and throw a brick through the window before driving off, according to a police report.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 23, police again received an alarm call, this time from Linover Liquors at 7698 Belair Road, in Belair Beltway Plaza shopping center, according to a police report.
When they arrived, police found broken windows at both the liquor store and neighboring ExpressCare at 7700 Belair Road and again found Sprecher standing nearby.
Sprecher was arrested based on the similarity between the two crimes and his proximity to both, the report states.
When the arresting officer asked Sprecher why he had committed the crimes, he told the officer, "For attention," the report states.