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Current Crime Trends

The Baltimore County Police Department provides regular reports to the public about current crime trends.

This is preliminary information developed by detectives based on geographical location, similarities between crimes and suspect descriptions. Identification of a crime trend does not mean that the crimes necessarily are related or have been committed by the same suspect.

For more detailed information, contact your local precinct. If you live in an area where a crime trend has been identified and are concerned about safety and precautions, see our crime prevention section.

Visit our precinct news pages for a weekly listing of significant crimes and other local police news.

Crime Trends as of September 10

  • Since August 28, there have been four residential burglaries by the city line in the White Marsh Precinct. They occurred between 8:15 a.m. and 8:10 p.m. Doors were forced in three cases. A window screen was cut in one case. Items taken include game systems, video games, sound system, TVs, laptops, tablets, money and jewelry.
  • Since August 28, there have been four commercial burglaries along the Reisterstown Road corridor within the Franklin Precinct. They occurred between 4 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Entry was by prying doors, breaking door glass or with force. In two businesses, suspects cut or disabled phones, and in one of these cases, the alarm system was also disabled. Items taken include money, a safe and a security monitoring device.
  • Since August 21, there have been two pet store robberies and one grocery store robbery countywide committed by the same suspect. Cases occurred in the Pikesville, Towson and North Point precincts on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during daytime hours. Two cases occurred between 4 and 5 p.m. In all three cases, the suspect displayed a weapon and demanded money.
  • Since August 13, there have been five residential burglaries within the Woodlawn Precinct, along Frederick Road and inside the beltway. There has been no new activity since September 1.
  • Since August 2, there have been nine motor vehicle thefts with a similar motive in three communities near the city line in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. There has been no new activity since September 1.

Crime Trends as of September 3

  • Since August 21, there have been two pet store robberies in the Towson and North Point precincts. Cases occurred on a Tuesday and Thursday between 4 and 5 p.m. In the first case, the suspect displayed a weapon and took money. In the second case, the suspect brought an item to the counter as if he were going to make a purchase, displayed a weapon and demanded money. The suspect fled before taking any property.
  • Since August 13, there have been five residential burglaries within the Woodlawn Precinct, along Frederick Road and inside the beltway. Three cases occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and two cases occurred between 6 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. In most cases, entry was through the window and by cutting screen or by physical force. Computers, an Xbox, a Wii game system, a TV and money were taken.
  • Since August 9, there have been two motor vehicle thefts, one attempted theft, and two thefts from autos in central Dundalk in the North Point Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 24.
  • Since August 5, there have been five shed burglaries in the Milford Mill community within the Woodlawn Precinct. Cases occurred between 5:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. Entry was gained by cutting locks, removing hinges or prying. In one case, entry was with no force. Bicycles, tools and air compressors were taken.
  • Since August 2, there have been six thefts with a similar motive from vehicles in Hunt Valley in the Cockeysville Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 22.
  • Since August 2, there have been nine motor vehicle thefts with a similar motive in three communities near the city line in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. In all cases, vehicles were taken by unknown means or had the ignition popped. Most incidents occurred during overnight hours. Five incidents occurred within the past week. In one incident in Gwynn Oak, a stolen vehicle was involved in a crash off of Liberty Road and was found unoccupied with a popped ignition. One vehicle stolen from Lansdowne was recovered in Baltimore City. Six of the vehicles stolen were Caravans.
  • Since July 10, there have been six motor vehicle thefts in the Queens Purchase apartment complex and in an adjacent neighborhood within the Essex Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 22.

Crime Trends as of August 27

  • Since August 13, there have been four commercial robberies of retail stores involving a black male suspect(s) displaying notes. Cases occurred in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts on various days between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The suspect(s) acted like they were going to make a purchase, then displayed a note demanding money.
  • Since August 11, there have been three convenience store robberies involving a black male suspect(s) who asked for cigarettes, displayed a weapon and took property. Cases occurred in the Woodlawn and Pikesville precincts on various days between 10:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • Since August 9, there have been three residential burglaries in the Colgate community in the North Point Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 15.
  • Since August 9, there have been two motor vehicle thefts, one attempted theft, and two thefts from autos in central Dundalk in the North Point Precinct. Cases occurred at various times of the day. A Honda Accord was stolen by unknown means. Another Honda had the ignition tampered with in an attempted theft. In early August a Ford Taurus was stolen from Lansdowne and recovered on August 9, only to be stolen again in Dundalk just days later. Its key was still missing and the LoJack sabotaged. Rear license plates were taken from two vehicles in the area on different days. One of the vehicles was a Ford, and on the same night that its license plate was stolen, a plate was also stolen from a Ford in Cockeysville.
  • Since August 2, there have been six thefts with a similar motive from vehicles in Hunt Valley in the Cockeysville Precinct. In each case, the suspect targeted purses, mostly designer brands, and broke the vehicle’s window. Other items taken were iPhones, credit cards, video games and cash. The suspect was seen on surveillance at a restaurant parking lot. He emerged from an SUV with dark-tinted rear windows, broke the rear window of the victim’s vehicle, reached in and stole property. The other incidents occurred in residential areas except for two at Oregon Ridge Park and one at a church.
  • Since July 21, there have been seven motor vehicle thefts in the Westowne and West Edmondale communities within the Woodlawn and Wilkens precincts. There has been no new activity since August 14.
  • Since July 10, there have been six motor vehicle thefts in the Queens Purchase apartment complex and in an adjacent neighborhood in Essex within the Essex Precinct. Cases occurred at various times of day. In three cases the vehicle was taken by unknown means, in one case keys were used, and in two cases, the ignition was pulled.
  • Since April 10, there have been fourteen deception burglaries and thefts targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. All cases occurred on weekdays between 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Suspects posed as employees of the County, water department or BGE. The suspects claimed they needed to check water and water pipes or do an inspection of the basement or bathroom on the property. They approached the victims and asked where the rear property line was in order to dig a ditch or do tree work. In some cases, they wore bright yellow traffic vests and showed ID badges. In most cases, one of the suspects distracted the victim while the other suspect gained access to the home. Jewelry, money, safes containing personal identity items or money and silverware were taken. The last case occurred in the North Point Precinct.

Crime Trends as of August 20

  • Since August 13, there have been three commercial robberies of retail stores involving a black male suspect(s) displaying notes. Cases occurred in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts on various days between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The suspect(s) acted like they were going to make a purchase, then displayed a note and demanded money.
  • Since August 11, there have been two 7-Eleven robberies involving a black male suspect who asked for cigarettes, displayed a weapon and took property. Cases occurred in the Woodlawn and Pikesville precincts on various days between midnight and 3 a.m.
  • Since August 9, there have been three residential burglaries in the Colgate community in the North Point Precinct. Two cases occurred overnight, one between 12:10 and 12:40 a.m. One case occurred over a multiple-day time span. Entry was made in all cases by breaking glass on rear basement doors and windows or with no force. Items taken include a laptop, iPad, lamp, tools, model airplane, and dirt bike.
  • Since August 2, there have been three street robberies in the Catonsville area of the Wilkens Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 5.
  • Since July 21, there have been seven motor vehicle thefts in the Westowne and West Edmondale communities within the Woodlawn and Wilkens Precincts. Most cases occurred overnight. The steering column and ignition of one of the Jeeps were damaged. A small window on the rear passenger door was used to gain entry. The vehicle was parked in an unlit portion of the driveway. Three vehicles were most likely stolen using keys.
  • Since July 10, there have been five motor vehicle thefts in the Queens Purchase apartment complex and in an adjacent neighborhood in Essex within the Essex Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 7.
  • Since April 10, there have been nine deception burglaries and thefts targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. All cases occurred on weekdays between 12:30 and 6 p.m. Suspects posed as employees of Baltimore County, the water department or BGE. The suspects claimed they needed to check water and water pipes or do an inspection of the basement and bathroom on the property. They approached the victims and asked where the rear property line was to dig a ditch or do tree work. In some cases, they wore bright yellow traffic vests and showed ID badges. In most cases, one of the suspects distracted the victim while the other suspect gained access to the home. Jewelry, money, safes containing personal identity items or money, and silverware were taken. The last case occurred in the Pikesville Precinct.

Revised September 10, 2014

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