Serial Burglar Leaves Glaring Clue During Break-In - NBC4 Washington

Serial Burglar Leaves Glaring Clue During Break-In



    Police connected a man to more than a dozen crimes after he left his name and address on a peice of paper at one of the crime scenes. News4's Mark Segraves reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013)

    A man wanted for a string of burglaries in D.C. and Maryland left behind his own court documents during a break-in in Bethesda, Md.

    Police had been investigating a series of commercial burglaries since last August, most near Metro stations. He would often break into office buildings using a screwdriver to pry open doors and take computers, cell phones and credit cards with him.

    He was caught on surveillance video, but it was never enough to make a positive identification. 

    At one of the crime scenes, police found court documents from a previous break-in the man, identified as Andre Antonio Henry, had been charged with -- linking him to the string of unsolved commercial burglaries.

    "Quite frankly, sometimes we count on people not being so smart," Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said. "It reminded me of a burglar who charged his cell phone during a burglary and left [it] behind."

    Henry was sentenced to 18 years behind bars Wednesday.