Five men have been charged in connection to a string of thefts from vehicles in the City of Annapolis.
Thursday, the photos of three of those suspects were released.
The arrests are the result of an investigation sparked by an increase in thefts from vehicle over the course of the first few months of 2013. Officers were deployed in areas where thefts occurred to deter further thefts. Officers in plain clothes conducted operations to catch thieves in the act. With those operations, decoy vehicles were used.
On March 4th John W. Jones, age 55, was charged with a theft that occurred that same day in the 100 block of Hillsmere Dr. On March 13th Shawn Joyner, age 27, was charged with a theft that occurred that same day in the 1700 block of Forest Dr. On March 20th Micah Hayes, age 21 of Annapolis was charged with a theft that occurred between February 27th and 28th in the 800 block of Chesapeake Av. On March 22nd and 27th Glenard Moulden, age 41, and Michael E. Carroll, age 61, were charged with a theft that occurred between March 17th and 18th in the 1600 block of Cedar Park Rd.
"The Police Department has been very proactive," said Police Chief Michael Pristoop. "We're not sitting on our hands. The reality, however, is that most of these crimes could be prevented. People must lock their car doors, remove valuables from sight and of course call us at the first sight of suspicious activity." Of the thefts from vehicles reported in 2013, 82% were unlocked or showed no signs of forced entry.