Cou­ple charged in con­nec­tion to string of ve­hi­cle break-ins

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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.

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