Suspect Arrested in Forest Hill Burglary
[July 20, 2013, Jarrettsville, MD] - On Saturday July 20, 2013, Michael Brian Myers, 42, having no fixed address was arrested and charged by Sheriff's deputies with burglary, theft and escape from custody after breaking into a shed in the 1300 block West Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill, and then escaping custody.
At approximately 12:38 am on July 20th, deputies were called to the intersection of Phillips Mill Road and West Jarrettsville Road in Jarrettsville, for a report of an intoxicated subject driving a tractor on the roadway. Responding deputies canvassed the area but were unable to find the subject. At 4:53am, deputies were called back to the area for a similar complaint. While canvassing the area, deputies received information the individual driving the tractor was now pulling a snow blower. During the search deputies located Myers, along with the tractor and the snow blower, in the 1200 block of West Jarrettsville Road in Forest Hill. Myers initially provided a false identification to deputies. However, after deputies determined his correct name it was learned he was wanted on an open warrant for violation of probation. He was placed under arrest on the warrant and secured in the back of the patrol car.
Deputies believed the theft of property occurred in the 1300 block of West Jarrettsville Road and responded to that location to verify the theft. After speaking to two property owners they located the victim, Henry Lobdell, who reported the items recovered by deputies had been taken from his shed. He identified the items as a Craftsman Lawn Tractor and an Ariens Snow Blower. The value of the theft was approximately $800.
While investigating the crime scene, and speaking with the victims, deputies discovered Myers had escaped through the rear passenger side window of the patrol car. An immediate search of the area, which included additional uniformed deputies, police K-9 units, and the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit, resulted in Myers being apprehended a short time later in the area of West Jarrettsville and Cooptown Roads. He was taken into custody without further incident.
It is unclear how Myers opened the rear window in the patrol car. The patrol car has been taken out of service and investigators will attempt to determine how Myers managed to escape. After his arrest, Myers was taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where as of this release he is pending a hearing before a Harford County District Court Commissioner.