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Keyword: destruction of property

UPDATE (June 1, 2019 9 a.m.):

Erika Lynn Wilkinson, wanted in connection with the theft of a calf from Braglio Farms in April, was arrested by Maryland State Police on May 31 following the public release of this story. Wilkinson is charged with various burglary and theft charges and was released following an initial hearing where she posted a $2500 unsecured personal bond.

Original Release (May 30, 2019 9:51 a.m.):

One Arrest, Warrant Issued in Theft of Calf

Baltimore County Police have arrested one woman and issued a warrant for another in the overnight theft of a calf from Braglio Farms in Woodstock back in April.

Police were called to the farm in the 3300 block of Hernwood Road, 21163 around 10 a.m. on April 22 after the owners discovered the 3-month-old calf they kept as a pet, Milly, was missing. The owners began to conduct their own internet and social media research and discovered photos of two women who were trespassing on their property and petting their cows just two days prior to the theft. During that incident the owners obtained the vehicle information for the car the two women left in after they were escorted off of the property. 

Police began investigating the two women, identified as Jennifer Lauren Sully (44) and Erika Lynn Wilkinson (19), and discovered photos of the stolen calf posted to Wilkinson's social media accounts and to a 'Life with Pigs' Facebook page in which Wilkinson was tagged. 'Life with Pigs' identifies itself as a privately owned and operated non-profit animal sanctuary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The investigation confirmed that the stolen calf was located at the Life with Pigs farm and on May 7 detectives responded to the farm with officers from James City County Police with a search and seizure warrant for the stolen calf, which was subsequently returned to the owner. During the service of the warrant the owner of Life with Pigs farm gave false information as to how he came into possession of the calf, then admitted he was given the calf by Jennifer Sully.

Jennifer Lauren Sully of the 3500 block of Buena Vista Avenue, 21211, was arrested on a warrant Monday, May 27, and now faces multiple burglary and theft charges. She has since posted a $10,000 unsecured personal bond after an initial bail hearing.

A warrant for Erika Lynn Wilkinson with a last-known address in the 8100 block of Strawberry Lane in Falls Church, Virginia has also been obtained by BCoPD detectives investigating this case. Police have not yet located Wilkinson and are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call 9-1-1.

The Baltimore County Police Animal Abuse Team initiated an investigation into allegations of animal abuse against Braglio Farms stemming from this theft investigation. They, along with Baltimore County Animal Services, have found no evidence of abuse or neglect of any animal on the farm. This case remains under active investigation as additional information surrounding the theft of the calf continues to be uncovered. 

Baltimore County Police are investigating a number of graffiti incidents that happened overnight in the Pikesville precinct as a bias incident.

At least fifteen vehicles in the 3700 block of Sylvan Drive and the 3600 block of Lochearn Drive were spray painted with black paint, some with obscenities and some with images of swastikas. One resident's storm door was also spray painted, as well as the brick face of another resident's home.

Based on residential surveillance images police believe the suspect was in the area from approximately 11:30 p.m. through 12:30 a.m. The only images obtained by police thus far depict the suspect as a person in dark pants and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt carrying a book bag.

Anyone in the area having similar damage who was not previously contacted by police this morning should call 9-1-1 to report the destruction. Anyone who may have surveillance images of the incident or any information is also asked to contact police at the Pikesville Precinct by calling 410-887-1279.

Just before 5:00 a.m. on July 28, 2018, Baltimore County Police were called to a home in the 400-block of Westfield Road, 21222 for a disturbance. Officers learned that a man, later identified as Stephen Joseph Michael Bernadyn, 24, of the 5100-block of Wright Avenue, 21205, walked into the backyard of the Westfield Road residence and started yelling for the homeowner. Bernadyn threatened the homeowner and then began destroying property inside the yard. The suspect threw a fire pit through a kitchen window, stuck his head through the broken window, and yelled into the house that he was going to hurt the homeowner.

Bernadyn left the immediate vicinity before police arrived at the location. While the officers were conducting their investigation, the suspect’s 2012 Chevrolet Colorado was observed turning onto Westfield Road from Plainfield Road. Three officers were standing by their cars on Westfield Road. The officers realized that the suspect was steadily accelerating his truck in their direction. The officers had to run away from beside their cars to avoid being struck by the suspect. The suspect did hit one of the police cars, forcing a second collision into another police car. The suspect continue to drive his vehicle and struck another four parked cars on Westfield Road.

None of the police officers were injured during the incident. The first police car had to be towed from the scene. The suspect attempted to flee in his vehicle but was taken into custody by the officers after his truck could no longer move. Stephen Joseph Michael Bernadyn has been charged with burglary, three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, seven counts of malicious destruction of property, and three counts of reckless endangerment. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

Revised June 27, 2017