MARDELA SPRINGS, Md.– Detectives with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation have arrested a suspect in connection with a string of residential daytime burglaries in Wicomico County. Twenty-nine-year-old Lucas Eugene Stone, of Mardela Springs, was taken into custody Friday in connection with the burglaries of homes on Athol Road, Riggin Road, Porter Mill Road, and the Taylors Trail area.
On Athol Road, a woman who wanted to go by Casey said her home was burglarized allegedly by Stone.
"He went through my house," she said. "All through my house. And went in my closet. He even stole jerseys. He took a lot of stuff that is very personal to us."
She said the family also lost some valuable technology, which has caused a financial burden on the family. Currently they are battling with their insurance company to try and get compensation for their lost items.
"It's stuff that we've worked very hard for," she said. "And you know we go to work every day. And then when you come home and everything's gone it's not a good feeling."
The eventual arrest started on Sept. 30, when The Wicomico Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police began to take reports of the residential daytime burglaries. The cases were then assigned to the WBI.
Officials said many tips and pieces of information came to the WBI. Detectives compiled the data and came up with a vehicle that appeared to be related to the burglaries. Surveillance video was gathered from Casey's neighbor, and this was crucial to finding Stone.
Down the street Jerry Marshall said this was a good example of the community coming together for the cause of finding the burglar.
"The community has always been a close-knit, tight community," he said. "We always look out for each other in every respect.
Detectives said they also knew the property was being sold but had a false name listed for the person selling the stolen property. Detectives put the information they had gathered out to local law enforcement.
On Friday afternoon, deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office stopped a suspect, identified as Stone. Detectives from the WBI responded and took charge of the stop and continued the investigation, officials said.
Detectives said they were able to link Stone to the five burglaries and recovered property from several of the burglaries, which will be released to the owners. Authorities said Stone is also wanted on three outstanding warrants, one from Frederick County and two from Montgomery County.
Marshall, who is a council member for the town council said he was impressed at the fast pace of both the investigation and the arrest.
"I'm glad to see that the crew is on the ball," he said. "They do a good job. And they're quick and thorough in their investigations."
Stone was charged with burglary, theft and firearm possession with a felony. He is being held without bond in the Wicomico County Detention Center.
Casey said she can now finally get some sleep at night now that the person allegedly responsible has been arrested.
"Now that he's caught we feel a sense of relief," she said. "That we can live in our home again. And actually be safe."
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the WBI at (410) 548-4898 or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.
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