Howard County police have charged three men with multiple home burglaries and are investigating their possible involvement in similar cases.
Andrew Harrison Harker, 22, of Mount Airy; William Edward Selby, 49, of West Friendship; and Joshua Alexander Santilli, 23, of Woodbine, have been charged with various counts of burglary and theft in five cases this summer.
The incidents include a burglary in the 3000 block of Florence Road in Woodbine on July 3, when a resident returned home and found that cash and jewelry had been stolen. A door in the back of the house had been forced open, police said.
On Aug. 3, a resident of a home in the 2100 block of Mount View Road in Marriottsville discovered that jewelry had been stolen. Police believe the suspect entered through an unlocked window.
On Aug. 9, a resident of a home in the 2100 block of Mount View Road in Marriottsville confronted a man inside her home. She knew the man, later identified as William Selby, and told him to leave, which he did. She later noticed that her wallet was missing.
On Aug. 14, a resident of a home in the 600 block of West Watersville Road in Mount Airy came home and found an unfamiliar car in his driveway. He then saw a man he did not recognize walk from the rear of the house toward the car. The resident confronted the man, who made an excuse and then drove away. Later, the resident reported that valuable coins had been stolen.
On Aug. 22, police caught a man burglarizing a home in the 13000 block of Burntwoods Road. Police had been investigating the man, Joshua Santilli, for some time. After Santilli’s arrest, police located some of the stolen property, which led them to the other suspects.
Harker was charged with first-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property, and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
Selby was charged with first-degree burglary and theft, and is being held on a $20,000 bond.
Santilli was charged with multiple counts of first-, third-, and fourth-degree burglary, as well as theft and malicious destruction of property. He is being held on a $20,000 bond. All three men are being held at the Howard County Detention Center.
Police believe the men may have been involved in other similar cases in the area and are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information can call 410-313-3200.