ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Two men have been arrested in connection with the April 10 burglary of an Ellicott City Citgo and theft of an ATM and are investigating whether the pair is connected to other commercial burglaries in the area.
Howard County police said Muyideen Ayinla Nureni, 31, of Hyattsville, and Patric Jamal Frazier, 25, of Washington, D.C., have been charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary, two counts of malicious destruction of property, theft, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and unauthorized removal of property.
Aditionally, Nureni was charged with possession of a controlled drug substance and Frazier was charged with eluding police.
Police said at 2 a.m. on April 10 officers responded to the 8300 block of Baltimore National Pike for a report of a burglary. Police said the front door of the Citgo had been forced open and the ATM was stolen.
Police said they soon discovered a silver Dodge pickup truck, which was then found traveling on I-95 near Route 32. After a short pursuit, the suspects were arrested. Police added that the vehicle the suspects were driving was stolen March 31 in Beltsville.
Citgo workers at the Ellicott City gas station say the suspects had broken out a $15,000 window front and chained the ATM machine to the back of their stolen truck to rip it from its bolted position on the floor.
Since the suspects' arrests, police have also tied them to six other retail burglaries in Howard County, including an attempted smash-and-grab at the Columbia Mall less than two months after the double fatal shooting there.
In that incident, police said they smashed the glass of the Macy's store at the mall and left empty-handed after being confronted by employees there.
Following that attempt, police said they drove 10 minutes down Route 29 and smashed the glass in Montpelier Liquors near Maple Lawn in Laurel.
Workers there say within six minutes, they had stolen an ATM machine, 60 boxes of Scratch Off Lottery tickets, several cartons of cigarettes and an entire shelf of expensive liquor, including bottles of Dom Perignon, which retails for almost $140 a piece.
Nureni and Frazier are being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.