Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:40 PM
Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Jim Davis
Prince George’s County police arrested three Oxon Hill men suspected of burglarizing 50 homes in the Oxon Hill and Fort Washington area since the beginning of the year.
The three allegedly stole flat screen televisions, laptops and computers, jewelry, money and guns among other items, said Capt. Charles Hamby, of Prince George’s County Police Department’s burglary suppression unit.
At a press conference Friday at Prince George’s County Police Headquarters in Landover, Hamby said that the 50 burglarized homes police know of are only in the Fort Washington and Oxon Hill area, but there could be more.
Hamby said more than $2 million worth of items were stolen.
“They went into neighborhoods that were off the main drag, and they had one person in the crew who would knock on the door, looking for an individual,” said Hamby. “And, if they didn’t get an answer, then they would target that house and burglarize that house.”
At one of the burglarized homes, a neighbor’s security camera caught the type of vehicle the suspects were using, but a tag number was not visible, Hamby said.
“But a few days later we got the tip we needed,” Hamby said.
A citizen noticed a man selling seven big screen televisions out of his car in a Washington, D.C., shopping center parking lot near the District and Prince George’s County border at Southern Avenue. The citizen informed an off-duty Prince George’s County police officer in his cruiser.
The officer was aware of the burglaries and called detectives. This led to the arrest of 40-year-old Anthony Nyrekie Edwards, who was the alleged leader, said Detective Dave Gross of PGPD burglary suppression unit.
A short time after Edwards was arrested, police apprehended David Benjamin Neal, 24, and Jamal Cooke, 21. Police said some of the three arrested have been cooperating.
All three have been charged with burglary. Cooke was released on a $25,000 bond.
Police said similar burglaries took place in Fairfax County, Va., and in Charles County during the same period of time. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the same crew was involved in those cases.
Drugs were the apparent motivation for the crimes. Police said all three members of the Edwards ring are addicted to narcotics.