Couple charged in connection to string of vehicle break-ins
FEDERALSBURG — A Federalsburg man and woman have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes related to a series of vehicle breakins over five months in 2016 throughout the Mid-Shore area, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Jason Andrew Grimes, 38, of 307 W. Central Ave., Federalsburg, faces 45 charges of theft, burglary, malicious destruction of property and rogue and vagabond.
Cynthia Teresa Barnes, 37, of the same address, faces 35 charges of theft, malicious destruction of property and rogue and vagabond.
Police said the break-ins began in April 2016 and continued through September, in Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Dorchester counties.
Detectives from all four counties and the Maryland State Police conducted a multi-jurisdictional investigation, police said, that showed Grimes to be the main suspect.
Police allege Grimes drove around the four counties at night, looking for vehicles to break into. They said Barnes, his girlfriend, went along most nights, staying in their own vehicle to drive it around while Grimes was breaking into another one.
In July 2016, police said, detectives from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office executed a search and seizure warrant of the home on W. Central Avenue, where they found evidence tying Grimes to the break-ins. He was arrested July 19, and released by a judge, pending trial.
The continuing investigation linked Grimes and Barnes to more break-ins, police said. Additional arrest warrants were obtained for Grimes.
Police said Grimes was found Sept. 8 in an abandoned house in Federalsburg, and arrested. He was held at the Dorchester County Detention Center.
In January, Caroline County detectives obtained more arrest warrants, charging Grimes with more breakins. Grimes continues to be held in Dorchester County awaiting trial.
Police said Barnes was charged on two separate ar- rest warrants for her role in helping Grimes. She was arrested Jan. 6 and again Jan. 12. She was released pending trial.
The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office and Caroline County Drug Task Force.