Suspected Door Kick-in Burglars Released on $15,000 Bail

Police said the duo stole more than $22,000 in firearms, jewelry and electronics.


The day after two suspected burglars were arrested and accused of of stealing more than $22,000 in firearms, jewelry and electronics from at least four Howard County residences, they were released on $15,000 bail, court officials said this week. 

Howard County prosecutors said they tried to increase the bond, but without success.

“I don’t believe $15,000 would be the first number that came to mind,” said Natasha M. Byus, the Howard County assistant state’s attorney handling the case. “I did not have an opportunity to speak with the commissioner before the bond was set.”

Both Joseph Leo Baumgarten, 40, and Dianna Lynn Marketti, 30, posted the full bail on Oct. 5 after being charged with 25 counts each, including first-, second- and fourth-degree burglary, breaking and entering and destruction of property for their alleged involvement in burglaries in Columbia, Ellicott City and Woodbine.

Police said the duo is suspected in 10 more burglaries that they haven’t yet been charged in, but followed a similar style— the suspects would kick-in a door, find their way to the master bedroom, ransack it and steal valuables.

In late September, police issued a statement asking residents to be vigilant after 10 burglaries matching this style occurred in one week.

According to Byus, the District Court Commissioner set the bail before the state’s attorney’s office could make a recommendation on the suspects’ bail.

Byus filed a motion shortly after the suspects were released on bail asking that the court set a bond of $600,000 for Baumgarten and $300,000 for Marketti.

In Byus’s motion, she noted that Baumgarten, of Pasadena, had violated his probation five times previously after being convicted of burglary for three offenses from 1996, one from 2002 and another from 2008. She also noted that Baumgarten had failed to appear in court for traffic offenses on five occasions.

Marketti, who is listed at an address in Dundalk in court records, currently has 15 active traffic cases, most of which are for driving on a suspended license, with one as recent as Sept. 26.

In the court documents pertaining to this case, it was noted that in the four burglaries currently charged to Baumgarten and Marketti, police said they allegedly stole more than $10,000 worth of jewelry and six firearms, including a .40 caliber Beretta Cougar and a Taurus .38 special, among other items.

Howard County police, who tracked down the suspects through Baltimore Ravens tickets and combing local pawn shops, declined to comment on the suspects' release.

Byus said she has asked the court to place a hearing on the calendar as soon as possible to adjust the suspects’ bail in the case.

“I am hoping that a Circuit Court judge would consider the motion and provide an appropriate bond that would require their presence in upcoming hearings, and, more importantly, ensure the safety of Howard County residents,” said Byus.

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Lorraine Kelly October 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
...by the way, I think finding out what happened regarding the low bail, and then following up your concern is the way to go, not to invite more unhealthy behavior. I empathize with your feelings, my home was broken in to, while two of my adult sons were home...suffice it to say, I am glad that my oldest did not catch the dude. I dealt with the perpetrator thru the court process. I believe this was more effective than my son, chasing after the guy, who could have had a number of buddies ready to take my son out....think about it. Violence, etc, doesn't have to beget violence....
AML October 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I'm sorry that you were victim to a break in. One of my neighbors was also victim to a break-in. I'm not not civil and would rather they get what they deserve at the hands of someone else b/c the justice system is too easy to get around as we can see what happened with these 2. I thought the hearing was originally set for the 30th and I was going to try to make it. How did they get out in 2 days?
Lorraine Kelly October 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Yes, I agree, it is a serious problem. But, I believe our entire justice system is failing, not just in HC. I applaud you for considering attending the hearing, but, since that did not happen, we have other pro active responses, other than continuing the violence , etc,
jimbo October 13, 2012 at 01:09 AM
please publish pictures of these two (their mug shots) so if we see them in our neighborhoods we can follow them closely.
Sol Rosenstein October 13, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Court Commissioners don't even need a college education or police or law experience. How do you let someone with 15 pending violations go like that? Those two will flee I'm sure and raise havoc in another town in America. Sol
Sol Rosenstein October 13, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I used to be friends with a Howard County Court Commissioner and dude was about as sharp as bowling ball! Nebit.
Lorraine Kelly October 13, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Ok, so we obviously have a problem here. Who, among you, are willing to step up to the plate and make a difference? I am very passionate and effective ( with a proven track record) on issues I really believe in. Any takers? I will organize, communicate and make all of us make a difference. Seriously, I have fought many ' battles' as a single mom of three sons. If you are interested in truly making a difference, let me know, and I will share my contact info, and organize a beginning, to change what we are stating we want changed! Any takers?
Donna Smith October 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
"Baumgarten, of Pasadena, had violated his probation five times previously after being convicted of burglary for three offenses from 1996, one from 2002 and another from 2008. She also noted that Baumgarten had failed to appear in court for traffic offenses on five occasions. Marketti, who is listed at an address in Dundalk in court records, currently has 15 active traffic cases, most of which are for driving on a suspended license, with one as recent as Sept. 26." These folks clearly have no respect or regard for the law. This was not a first time offense. Prior sentencing has done nothing to deter behavior. I just do not understand how they can be allowed to be released for such a small amount.
AML October 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
LK, what are you proposing to do to make a difference? I don't have a law degree but I do know right from wrong and if I could be the county commissioner and replace thie one who let these 2 out tten I'm in.
Sol Rosenstein October 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Let's get a rally going and picket the numbscull outside the courthouse when he comes to work on Tuesday!! Andrew is going to post his name for the public to scrutinize first thing Monday and we can then see what needs to be done to get this clown out of office.
Lorraine Kelly October 13, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Hi Sol, I would be willing to appear and make our concerns known. I am sure we could get press coverage as well. However, I would not contact the press if it was just the 2 of us, no offense Sol. However, it would have to be peaceful, no physical or personal attacks.
Greg G. October 14, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Please post the commissioner's e mail address so we can express our thanks. and yet the stoner type down the street that hurts no one but themselves get's no bail and then 5-10.
Cola MD October 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
It looks like the Commissioner is appointed by whoever is the County Administrative Judge, in this case, LENORE ROSALIE GELFMAN, County Administrative Judge, Howard County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, since November 5, 2011: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/31cc/html/msa11848.html Looks like plenty of blame to go around here, but as usual, nobody is stepping up to take responsibility. Where is the County Exec. Ulman on all this? Why doesn't Patch call his office on Monday and ask for/demand comment? You are journalists, right?
Lorraine Kelly October 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Thanks Cola MD ! Each one of us can make phone calls to whichever one of these individuals we care to. You do not have to be a reporter to contact your county exec, or your county Admin Judge, etc. I think we should all contact all of them, write a letter to the Col. Flyer, the Balt. Sun etc. I rec'd a call from FOX News DC who is interested in following up on the story. Let go folks, speak up. Hopefully without the threats etc. Be honest, be passionate, be thoughtful...contact! I am going to do my part. I will keep you posted with, my success or failure getting through! Should you know anyone personally effected by these breaking in and entering burglaries, contact WTTG Fox news at 202-438-5643. It ain't over till it's over! We do have a voice!
Greg G. October 15, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Please post the email address's and I will be glad to share my viewpoint with them. You dont need a college degree to simply look at their past and see that letting them out with $15k bail is a problem. Once again, HoCo is one of 5 counties in the entire US that outlaw non-lethal means of protecting ourselves. I can buy a pump shotgun and take one of these goofs out. Or I can get a taser. Thanks HoCo and Friends for your myopic talents as usual.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Hi Jimbo, I've requested mugshots, but police declined to release them due to an ongoing investigation (they're suspected in additional burglaries they haven't yet been charged with.)
Lorraine Kelly October 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Do you think your neighbors would be wiling to speak to the reporter? If so, you can stay out of it. Just a thought.
Lorraine Kelly October 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Sorry HOCO, read that wrong....why not consider calling FOX and see what they say. I told the reporter I would be willing to be interviewed to express our voices of complete disbelief and frustration with the extremely low bail set. I would just hate for this to blow over...
HOCO Resident October 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I would like to provide more information as I am one of the victims of these 2 criminals.
Lorraine Kelly October 15, 2012 at 07:34 PM
HOCO- phone number is 202-483-5643. The interested reporter answered the phone when I called her back.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 08:22 PM
The update to this story is here, for those interested - http://columbia.patch.com/articles/court-commissioner-s-office-declines-comment-on-suspected-burglars-bail
Greg G. October 16, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Someone please post the email address of the commissioner. They are a public servant and must be answerable to the public.
Lorraine Kelly October 16, 2012 at 03:34 AM
My opinion is, w/o that direct info, we should all contact the County Exec. Ken Ulman, if he doesn't know, or if he doesn't care, the proof will be in the puddin. That is my personal belief. If everyone who has posted their concern, contacts Ken Ulman's office, by email, phone call, or letter, we will be heard.
Lorraine Kelly October 16, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Thanks Andrew. Some how I am not at all surprized that the update post you have kindly provided us , clearly states.." blah, blah.. declines comment...." Common folks. want to to make a difference? Now is the time to speak up. Let us not let them just put this under the rug...this is wrong, so wrong.. it is up to you, and us... we all know what happens to the lone voice. I am willing to go forth..anyone else? Or have folks already lost interest?
Greg G. October 16, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Ken Ulman is the LAST person I would vote for on anything. He is a complete sell out and has squandered the trust of all those that believed he was not going to over-develop the county. I am deeply disappointed in HoCo and what it has become thanks to him and his buddies.
AML October 17, 2012 at 01:38 AM
LK, I just sent Ken Ulman's office an email about this. I'm not holding my breath waiting for a response but do welcome any advise they might send me. I will keep you updated. If I have time I will visit the court house tomorrow to dig futher. AML
AML October 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
HOCO, Sorry that you had to experience this. Please don't let this go to the way-side. Call Fox news and let them know what is (or not being done) about this. The more we voice our opinion the more people will hear it. There is someone to blame and they need to be accountable for this. Are you on James Ave?
Lorraine Kelly October 17, 2012 at 02:40 AM
AML, thank you. I do believe this needs to be addressed. Since we are not getting any info from the folks that have been deemed responsible, the County Executive, Ken Ulman, should see our concern and address this. I have been very disappointed in the response, excuse me, lack of response from those responsible. I am an optimist, so I am hopeful that Mr. Ulman will address this terrible injustice to the victims of Howard County. If not....then we will have to go from there.
AML October 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM
no response from Ulman's office as of yet. .... No surprise either. If these 2 are suspect in other break-ins why won't they post their mug shots for all to see? This doesn't make sense to me but then again this whole thing doesn't either
Lorraine Kelly October 29, 2012 at 02:40 AM
AML and all other posters, have you noticed this issue has just disappeared? Right in front of us, and despite this thread and contacting Ulman. Something has been very squashed. I would like to reopen this wound, together. Any takers? Please realize that is exactly what they hope we will do. It is NOT too late. We gave those in positions of authority to respond and they have dismissed us. Is that what we want? Not me, but I know the power of a communal voice. This was/is SO wrong.


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