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Maryland cops recover $3 million in stolen tools

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Police in Maryland recently recovered millions of dollars worth of stolen tools in what they called “one of the largest and most expansive theft cases in the region in recent years.”

On May 23, Howard County Police announced the recovery of approximately 15,000 stolen construction tools valued between $3 million and $5 million.

An investigation began in late January 2024 when a tracking device in a stolen tool led officers to a storage unit in Elkridge.

Search warrants were then served at 12 locations, leading to the recovery of millions of dollars worth of tools.

Authorities say the tools were stolen from retail stores, businesses, vehicles, residential properties, and construction sites in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

More than 80 theft victims have been identified, but police believe that there are hundreds or thousands more.

Tool theft victims can fill out this form online to reclaim stolen items.

“This case sends a clear message: we will not tolerate criminal enterprises operating here in Howard County,” Police Chief Der said. “I want to thank the detectives from our Special Investigations Division and all the officers who have helped on this enormous and unprecedented case. They have put in thousands of hours and have many more ahead of them. They will see it through to the end.”

“Howard County is a community where all residents should be safe and feel safe, and we just took another giant leap towards achieving that goal,” County Executive Ball said. “This case shows the tenacity of our police department in their investigations and in their pursuit of justice.” 

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