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Police: Suspect targeted Columbia medical offices in string of burglaries

Posted at 10:41 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 10:44:24-04

COLUMBIA, Md. — A Temple Hills man faces over 40 counts of burglary and other related charges, after police say he repeatedly broke into several medical offices in Columbia.

Michael James Trefry, 58, is accused of carrying out the crimes earlier this year, between May and July.

Police believe he burglarized the Century Plaza office building in the 10600 block of Little Patuxent Parkway three different times, on June 6, July 11, and July 24.

On each occasion, Trefry allegedly broke into Dental One Associates and one time stole a safe with cash inside.

He twice got into Elite Chiropractic & Sport, once making off with money.

Other businesses victimized by Trefry include Shady Grove Fertility and Elegant Dental Care, both of which reported money being stolen.

Police say Trefry also targeted Integrative Family Medicine, but was unsuccessful.

Investigators tied Trefry to a May 25 burglary at an office building in the 10700 block of Charter Drive. He apparently tried prying the doors of multiple medical offices, but came up empty.

Trefry's currently being held in another jurisdiction. Once released from there, Howard County will take custody.