Four men from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were arrested Tuesday in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles in Virginia and Missouri.
Police say 23-year-old Leonard Wright, 22-year-old Chadrick Owens, 24-year-old Kenneth Hall and 29-year-old Gerald Lee have been charged with rogue and vagabond and conspiracy to commit theft. Rogue and vagabond is a misdemeanor charge, meaning the suspect(s) broke into a vehicle with the intent to steal it or the property inside the vehicle, according to lawserver.com.
Officers were called to the Kindercare in the 3500 block of Russett Common in Laurel just after 8:15 a.m. Tuesday after a woman said someone got into her car while she was sitting in it. The victim told police the suspect started rummaging through the center console of her car and fled to a waiting car when she called out to him.
The woman was able to give police the vehicle's license plate number, and the suspects were found a short time later at a Bowie hotel. Police say they saw several suspects get out of the vehicle, which turned out to be a rental.
Investigators say items connected to several vehicle thefts in Virginia and Missouri were found during a search of two hotel rooms.