From Maryland State Police:
During the last month criminal investigators from the Bel Air Barrack and Baltimore County Police Department detectives have been investigating numerous burglaries occurring in both Harford and Baltimore Counties. The collaboration resulted in positively identifying Joel Lee Knauer; W/M; 35 years of age as the suspect. Knauer would forcibly entry the residences where he stole copious amounts of money and jewelry.
On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at approximately 8 a.m. investigators from the Bel Air Barrack and troopers from the State Apprehension Team responded to a residence in Middle River, Maryland, where they arrested Joel Lee Knauer after he attempted to flee from the rear of the residence. Knauer was taken into custody on arrest warrants for burglary in Baltimore and Harford Counties.
During the State Police investigation approximately 200 pieces of property were recovered and returned to various victims.
Knauer has been charged with the following offenses:
- 3 counts of First Degree Burglary
- 2 counts of Third Degree Burglary
- 4 counts of Fourth Degree Burglary
- 1 count of Theft over $1000.00
- 2 counts of Theft over $10,000
- 2 Malicious Destruction of Property