A D.C. man police say was behind a slew of burglaries in Rockville and Bethesda now is in custody.
Montgomery County police arrested Andre Antonio Henry, 29, of 50th St. NE, on May 9. He faces dozens of burglary, attempted burglary and theft-related charges for the burglaries, which took place from January to April.
Captain David Falcinelli told Bethesda residents in an email that Henry had been behind a “huge spike” of commerical burglaries there this year.
“Because of this spike, we dedicated a significant amount of resources to the problem,” Falcinelli told residents in the email, adding 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,” he said in the email.
Henry, who is on probation for similar charges in Virginia, used a flathead screwdriver to break into the offices and businesses he targeted, according to a police press release. He swiped laptops, cellphones and other electronics, court documents show.
He also stole credit cards and gift cards, which he used to purchase items fraudulently, including clothing from Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, and H&M, according to charging documents.
Many of the places Henry targeted were equipped with video surveillance. Witnesses also spotted him during two of the incidents, charging documents says.
After identifying Henry as a suspect, detectives arrested Henry last week in Prince George’s County.
He is being held on a $50,000 bond, according to a police report detailing his arrest.
“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.
The Gazette was unable to reach Henry’s family.