HANOVER, Md. - A Baltimore man accused of using a GPS tracking device to track a gambler leaving the Horseshoe Casino and leading to a home invasion robbery at his home was convicted on six counts
Kevin Carroll was found guilty of stealing thousands of dollars in cash after he and an accomplice forced their way into the victim's Germantown home.
On Nov. 11, 2015, six days before the home invasion robbery in Germantown, prosecutors said Carroll was captured on camera removing a GPS device from under the car of the man he wanted to rob. The device had tracked the victim and gave him an address in Germantown.
Prosecutors said Carroll and another man then went to the home and tied up the gambler's young son and daughter before demanding the two to show them where their father stashed his cash.
Here is part of the 911 call made by the victim’s children:
Operator: "Did they take anything?”
Victim’s son: “Yeah, they took about $6,000 and had guns to our heads.”
Victim’s daughter: “And they took my phone.”
Operator: “Okay, is anyone injured?”
Victim’s son: “No. No one was injured. They said they wouldn’t hurt us, but they were pointing guns to our heads and they didn't seem like they knew what they were doing either.”
The key to this case was duct tape found at the home containing the DNA of Carroll, who was a convicted offender.
"He has a prior gun conviction and was in the CODIS system, and the DNA database yielded his profile when that tape was tested,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesperson Ramon Korionoff. “We were able to develop him as a suspect and he was later charged and arrested, and today convicted.”
However, the twist in all of this is where the video of Carroll removing the GPS device came from. The robbers didn't know it, but the victim's wife had hired a private investigator to tail him after suspecting her husband was having an affair. The video of Carroll was shot by the private investigator who was inside the parking garage of the casino and happened to have the camera aimed at the victim's car when Carroll was caught in the act.
Carroll is facing more than 80 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled to take place in March.