A 31-year-old Anne Arundel County man was arrested last week and charged in connection with what police say they believe is the theft of more than $100,000 worth of top-shelf liquor from numerous liquor stores in Harford County and elsewhere in Maryland.
Kyle Venton Brown, 31, whose address is listed in court records as the 300 block of Forest Beach Drive in Annapolis, was arrested Jan. 30 on 10 warrants from Maryland and one from New Jersey. He is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $35,000 bail.
It is believed the thefts occurred over a three-year period, according to Maryland State Police.
The investigation, which led to the arrest of the suspect, began on Oct. 19, 2011 when state police troopers responded to Third Base Liquors at 2029 S. Fountain Green Road in Bel Air for the report of a theft of vodka.
Investigators from the state police's Bel Air Barrack Criminal Investigation Section became involved after noting a trend of similar incidents throughout the area, Lt. Charles Moore, commander of the barrack, said in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon.
Their investigation revealed that the same suspect was likely responsible for six other thefts in Harford County and numerous thefts in other jurisdictions, according to the news release.
After following numerous leads, investigators identified Brown as a potential suspect.
The Maryland State Police Apprehension Team assisted in finding and arresting Brown Jan. 30 at a residence in Glen Burnie.
Police said they believe Brown had committed thefts in several states, as far north as Connecticut. Bel Air Barrack investigators are working with investigators from other jurisdictions and states to determine if additional charges will be filed, according to the news release.
Following his arrest, Brown was transported to the Harford County Detention Center, where he remains in custody.
According to Maryland electronic court records, Brown is charged in Harford County in three separate theft cases. He is charged with theft less than $1,000 in connection with an incident Nov. 11, 2011; with theft less than $1,000 in connection with an incident Nov. 23, 2011; and with three counts of theft less than $1,000 and one count of theft less than $100 in connection with an incident Oct. 19, 2011.
He is also charged with theft less than $100 and theft scheme $1,000 to $10,000 in connection with the series of thefts from Aug. 1, 2010 to Nov. 30, 2011.
They are the only active cases listed as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.