Montgomery County police have arrested a District man they say was behind a slew of burglaries in Rockville and Bethesda this year.
Andre Antonio Henry, 29, of 50th Street NE faces dozens of charges of burglary, attempted burglary, and theft-related crimes, police said.
Captain David Falcinelli told Bethesda residents in an e-mail that Henry was allegedly responsible for a “huge spike” of commercial burglaries that occurred there earlier this year.
“Because of this spike, we dedicated a significant amount of resources to the problem,” Falcinelli told residents in the e-mail, noting that Henry had been linked to similar events in D.C.
“We have been working closely with their detectives to ensure he is charged with all the crimes he is responsible for committing,” Falcinelli said in the e-mail.
Henry, who is on probation for similar charges in Virginia, used a flathead screwdriver to break into the offices and businesses that he targeted, according to the statement. He swiped laptops, cellphones and other electronics, according to charging papers.
He also allegedly stole credit cards and gift cards, which he used for purchases such as clothing from Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic and H&M, the documents show.
Many places Henry allegedly targeted were equipped with surveillance cameras. Witnesses also spotted him during two incidents, police said.
After identifying Henry as a suspect, detectives arrested him last week in Prince George’s County. They announced the arrest Monday.
He is being held on a $50,000 bond, according to police.
“We’re relieved he is in custody and will work closely with police to develop the evidence on these multiple cases,” said Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Chaikin, head of the county’s Community Prosecution Unit.
No attorney for Henry is listed in court documents. His family members could not be reached for comment.
— The Gazette