ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Howard County residents are breathing a sigh of relief after police arrested a man connected to a string of burglaries in the area.
Police arrested Kenneth William Vollmerhausen, 28, of Ellicott City and charged him with multiple counts of burglary and theft.
Police said Vollmerhausen was arrested in connection to a robbery on Dec. 21 in the the 2600 block of Melba Road in Ellicott City.
According to officials, a woman came home to find a light blue GMC truck in her driveway. As she approached her home she was confronted by Vollmerhausen who threw her stolen jewelry at her and jumped into his truck to make his getaway. Police said Vollmerhausen ran into the woman's fence in his haste to flee the scene.
A police investigation found that Vollmerhausen is linked to at least three more December burglaries in Howard County during which he stole watches and jewelry. He has also been indicted for two first-degree burglaries that occurred last April.
Howard County police said Vollmerhausen had pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court on Dec. 4 to first-degree burglary related to a burglary in that jurisdiction from last April. His four-year sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation when he committed his most recent crimes.