Two Westminster residents have been charged with burglary for four separate incidents that occurred last year.
William Scottie Bircher II, 25, and Shannon Lee, 26, were served with charges Friday morning by Carroll County Sheriff's detectives. Each faces four counts of first-degree burglary, four counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, theft $10,000 to $100,000, and theft $1,000 to under $10,000, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
Bircher and Lee are being held at Carroll County Central Booking while awaiting a bail review hearing before the District Court Commissioner. Following their hearing, they’ll be returned to the Carroll County Detention Center where they’re awaiting trial on other burglary charges, according to the release.
Sheriff's office deputies responded to four burglaries in the northern Westminster and Hampstead area where the suspects forced their way into victim's homes and removed jewelry, coins, firearms and other small miscellaneous items, with a total estimated value of $58,000, according to the release.
Police observed Bircher and Lee breaking into a Westminster home during a joint investigation involving the Sheriff's Office, Westminster Police and Baltimore County Police, the release states. Detectives recovered about $25,000 worth of stolen property upon executing search and seizure warrants on Bircher and Lee's residence in the 600 block of Littlestown Pike.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Det. Cpl. Brian Dayton at 410-386-2572.