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Howard Co. detectives investigate a series of burglaries in the Columbia and Ellicott City areas

Howard County police
Posted at 5:59 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 17:59:19-05

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. — On Thursday, an unknown number of suspect(s) broke into six restaurants overnight and Howard County detectives believe that there is more going on.

Detectives suspect that this is part of a larger series of burglaries in the region, in which the businesses were not all Asian-owned, but they are considering every possibility as they investigate these six cases.

Here is a breakdown of the cases:

  • Commercial burglary: In the overnight hours of Feb. 11-12, unknown suspect(s) entered six restaurants in Ellicott City and Columbia by breaking the glass doors. Police are investigating whether these burglaries are related.
    • Ellicott City: 5700 block of Richards Valley Road, Coal Fire Pizza (nothing reported stolen) and East Moon Asian Bistro (cash and safe stolen)
    • Columbia: 10100 block of Twin Rivers Road, Urban Hot Pot (cash and safe stolen); Bonchon (cash stolen); Kung Fu Tea (cash stolen); 10000 block of Town Center Avenue, Corner Bakery (nothing reported stolen)