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Ellicott City man charged in church, preschool break-ins

An Ellicott City man has been charged with three burglaries and could be involved in additional break-ins, Howard County police said.

According to police, Craig Nathaniel Webster, 46, burglarized Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church on Nov. 11 and La Petite Academy preschool on Nov. 12 and 23. He is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of theft and attempted credit card misuse.

Detectives are investigating Webster’s involvement in other cases in a spate of burglaries between Oct. 10 and Nov. 23.

Police said that Webster tried to use a credit card stolen from the preschool at a nearby drug store following the burglary.

Detectives obtained surveillance footage of the transaction and recognized Webster from past interactions, police said.

Additionally, police said that Webster stole musical instruments from Bethel and sold them to a music store in October and November.

A search of Webster’s home led police to find a digital camera stolen from the preschool. Police also seized additional suspected stolen property and are investigating whether they can be tied to the other cases.

Webster was arrested Nov. 23 and is being held at Howard County Detention Center on $125,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the case can call 410-313-2200.


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