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Date: Dec 6, 2017

On Thursday, December 7 at 1 p.m., two Baltimore County police officers will be promoted. The ceremony will take place in the Police Chief’s Conference Room, located on the ninth floor of the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson 21286.

Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will speak at the ceremony and present the certificates. The oath of office will be administered by the Honorable Julie Ensor, Clerk of the Court for Baltimore County. The invocation and benediction will be offered by the Reverend Herbert Watson, Jr., a police chaplain.

The following is the list of the promoted officers and their new assignments.

  • Corporal Cynthia Y. Jackson-Booth is promoted to Sergeant and is assigned to Precinct 11 Essex.
  • Officer Shane M. Beccio is promoted to Corporal and is assigned Precinct 11 Essex.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit have arrested a burglar that was targeting vacant homes in the Dundalk area, clearing 11 Burglaries and Recovering stolen items, including 10 firearms.

Edward Arthur Buckmaster (29) of the 7100 block of Eastbrook Road, 21224 was arrested after fleeing officers serving a search warrant on his home. He was apprehended after breaking out a neighbors window and attempting to hide in their attic.

Buckmaster was targeting vacant homes, homes under renovation and for-sale homes within a relatively small geographical area, gaining entry to most by removing or breaking out windows. He typically removed copper pipes and wiring from the basements of the homes, causing major water damage in one. In a burglary in the 7000 block of Stratton Way he stole jewelry and cash instead of copper, and in a burglary on Southern Avenue he stole jewelry, tools and a cache of firearms. 

Buckmaster's burglary spree was first reported on October 27 when he struck a vacated for-sale home in the 500 block of 46th Street, 21224. Between then and November 18 he struck nine more homes, but by that time detectives had identified him as a person of interest in the burglaries. Surveillance video obtained from a scrap yard confirmed their suspicions.

Detectives were also able to obtain surveillance video from a local business near the home of one of the burglaries, identifying Buckmaster as the subject in that video, as well.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Buckmaster and a search warrant for his home, where they located some of the stolen items. During an interview Buckmaster admitted to stealing the guns from the Southern Avenue home and hiding them in a graveyard nearby. Detectives searched the graveyard and recovered all of the stolen firearms with the exception of one outstanding pistol, which they continue to search for.

Buckmaster is currently charged with two counts of 1st Degree Burglary, Theft, and Destruction of Property and is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. The remaining burglary cases are under investigation by the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore County pending additional charges.

Revised June 27, 2017