By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO,

Michael Roane and Roy Guzman had become a two-man gang that mastered the skill of stealing airbags from Honda cars throughout Prince George’s County. But thanks to a collaborative investigation between the County police and Bowie police departments, the ring came to a crashing halt May 22.

Roane’s assault on the vehicles ended on the precipice of the holiday, when a warrant for his accomplice Guzman was issued.  Both Roane and Guzman are charged in connection with 19 thefts. A stolen firearm was also recovered during the execution of a search warrant at Guzman’s home.

Prince George’s County and the Bowie Police Departments teamed up to catch Michael Roane and Roy Guzman, who allegedly stole 19 airbags from Honda cars throughout the County. (Stock Photo)

The joint investigation revealed the 28-year-old Roane, of the 5000 block of Silver Court in Suitland and Guzman, of the 2500 block of Fairlawn Street in Temple Hills, committed all 19 airbag thefts in the City of Bowie and in neighborhoods throughout Prince George’s County Wednesday May 22 between 1:00 am and 4:00 am, according to a statement released by the Prince George’s County Police.

“We appreciate the efforts of our partners at the City of Bowie Police Department,” said Deputy Chief Jackie Rafterry, of the Prince George’s County Bureau of Investigations in a statement. “These types of crimes affect the lives of our citizens and are a priority for both departments. I commend the detectives who worked tirelessly to stop these criminals.”

In addition to the airbag thefts, broadcast reports say investigators claim Roane is also responsible for stealing nearly 80 tire and rim sets from vehicles in Fairfax County, VA as well.