By Jack Toomey
Two suspects have been arrested by the Montgomery County Police after the burglary of a Barnesville Road home. Police said that at about noon on May 29, two persons forced their way into a house in the 15000 block of Barnesville Road. Once inside, they damaged several items in the house with a baseball bat and also stole various items. They also broke into a car in the driveway and ransacked the glove compartment. What they did not know is that the homeowner had installed a video surveillance system inside the house, and the camera captured very good images of the suspects.
Corporal Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokesperson, said that the images of the culprits were released to the public and then shared by social media. Crime Solvers offered a reward ranging up to $10,000. As a result, the department was inundated with telephone calls from the public offering tips, and some gave the identities of the suspects.
A week later, detectives from the Germantown station arrested Kevin Curtis, age 19, of the 13600 block of Demetrias Way in Germantown and Keleen Hoerauf-Staton, age 18, of the 19700 block of Teakwood Circle in Germantown. They were charged with First Degree Burglary, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Theft. They were later released on bond.
Police said they wanted to thank individual citizens and the media for sharing the photos on social media which led to the solution of this crime.