A Montgomery County District Court judge has doubled the bail for the alleged leader of a Germantown burglary ring.
Bail for Marcus Antonio Lee was increased from $25,000 to $50,000, at 100 percent full-cash, under Judge Patricia Mitchell’s ruling Thursday during a bond review hearing.
Lee, 20, no fixed address, is charged with orchestrating more than 20 burglaries, thefts and car thefts in Germantown since April 6.
He appeared in court via closed-circuit TV for the Germantown burglary case and for a separate case involving a string of alleged thefts at the Target at Milestone Center in Germantown.
During the hearing, Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen P. Chaikin called Lee a “one-man crime wave” who recruited others to help him steal and sell stolen goods.
Also appearing in court was Travis D. Forbes, 18, of Montgomery Village in connection to the Germantown burglaries.
Forbes was charged with first-degree burglary, unlawfully taking a vehicle, theft, unlawfully taking property and related conspiracy charges.
The judge reduced Forbes’s bail from $25,000 to $5,000.
Lee was charged with first-degree burglary, theft, unlawfully taking a vehicle and related conspiracy charges. Chaikin said additional burglary charges against Lee had been filed Thursday. A bond review hearing date is pending.
An attorney was not listed for Lee in court records. The Public Defender’s office spoke on his behalf during Thursday’s proceedings.