$1 million bail for 'known burglar' suspected in York County break-ins

  • A Maryland man is accused of burglarizing 3 southern York Co. establishments, and then fleeing from police.
  • Michael Hood, 46, is also accused of attempting to burglarize a Springettsbury restaurant, police said.
  • Hood remains in York County Prison on more than $1 million bail total on all of his cases.

A Maryland man remains in York County Prison on more than $1 million bail after police say he was involved in multiple burglaries in the southern York County Area.

Michael Arnold Hood, 46, whose last known address is Elkridge, Maryland, is charged in three burglaries in the area, and he is also charged with attempted burglary in Springettsbury Township.

Michael Hood

Additionally, police charged Hood with fleeing from the scene of a burglary.

Hood, who police described as a "known burglar," is charged with three counts each of burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property and one count each of attempted burglary, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person, among other charges.

Stewartstown burglaries: According to Southern Regional Police, Hood burglarized McKenna's Gym on May 28.

Police say Hood threw a rock several times at the glass front door of the gym at 300 Bailey Drive about 5:45 a.m. Eventually the rock broke the glass, and Hood went in, court documents state.

Police say Hood spent 23 seconds inside before emerging, entering a 2012 Dodge Durango and heading west on Route 851 toward Shrewsbury.

About 2:30 a.m. Aug. 16, The Hair Stop, a Salon at 63 N. Main St. in Stewartstown, was burglarized, according to police.

The same Dodge Durango used in the McKenna's Gym burglary was used in that burglary, charging documents state. Police say Hood was seen walking away from the salon just after 2:30 a.m. with something in his hand before driving from the scene at 2:42 a.m.

About 3 a.m., China Wok, a restaurant in the same strip mall as McKenna's Gym, was burglarized, court documents state.

Police say the suspect in the burglary was driving the same Dodge Durango.

Southern Regional Police allege Hood took about $78 from McKenna's Gym, a little more than $50 in coins from China Wok, and about $45 in coins from The Hair Stop.

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Fleeing: A Southern Regional Police officer was on his way to one of the burglaries when he saw Hood's Durango heading west on East Forrest Avenue, and he tried to pull Hood over near Exit 4 on Interstate 83.

The driver of the Durango turned left onto the on-ramp of I-83 south and quickly accelerated, all while the officer had his lights and sirens activated, police said.

The vehicle went more than 100 mph on wet roads and dense fog, and police say the chase was discontinued near the Maryland state line because of the poor weather conditions.

The Durango was later found on Keller Road in Shrewsbury Township, and Hood was taken into custody, court documents state.

When police asked Hood why he ran, he said, "I guess I have rabbit in my blood," documents state.

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Springettsbury Township: According to charging documents, Hood tried burglarizing a restaurant before he committed the other burglaries on Aug. 16.

Springettsbury Township Police say he broke the glass door of Bel Paese, at 1201 Memory Lane, about 1:45 a.m.

Hood parked his car in the 1400 block of Memory Lane, walked to the restaurant, smashed the glass door of the restaurant, and fled when an alarm sounded, according to police.

A layer of glass on the front door was shattered, but the inner glass was intact, documents state. Hood caused about $1,000 in damage, police said.

Hood remains in York County Prison in lieu of $1.15 million bail spread across all five cases. Additionally, he is in prison on a detainer from Howard County, Maryland, according to a prison official.

Maryland court records show Hood is charged with theft and burglary in Howard County. Police say he was out on $30,000 bail in his Maryland case when he committed the York County burglaries in August.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.