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Judge Doubles Bail for Alleged Burglary Spree Ringleader

Bail for Marcus Antonio Lee, 20, was set at $50,000

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.

Greg Dixon June 24, 2012 at 07:36 PM
State's attorney Stephen Chaikin also vigorously prosecuted a man who walked into my home last fall. The attempted burglar was heading up my back stairs toward the bedrooms when I suprised him. I got him out of the house and Chevy Chase Village police caught him within minutes. Chaikin stayed on the case and made the court take it seriously even though I caught the guy before anythink was taken. The 53 career criminal was sentence to 10 years with all but 18 months suspended. Still a good outcome. Strong prosecution is the key to preventing these guys from extending their criminal careers indefinitely.

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