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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 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.

Crime Trends as of August 13

  • Since August 2, there have been three street robberies within the Catonsville area of the Wilkens Precinct. Cases occurred on various days between 4 and 9 p.m. In one case, the victim was at a bus stop when the suspect displayed a weapon, pushed the victim and took money. In the other two cases, the victims were biking when the suspects pushed them to the ground. The suspects took a cell phone from one and the bike from the other.
  • Since August 2, there has been one robbery of a victim in a vehicle and one carjacking within the Woodlawn Precinct. Cases occurred on a Saturday afternoon and a Thursday morning. In the first case, the suspect flagged the victim down, asked for money, assaulted the victim, and fled in a vehicle driven by a second suspect. In the second case, the victim was at a stoplight when the suspects approached, opened the driver’s side door, threw the victim to the ground, and fled in the victim’s vehicle.
  • Since July 21, there have been six motor vehicle thefts in the Westowne and West Edmondale communities within the Woodlawn and Wilkens precincts. Most cases occurred overnight. Two Jeeps, a Voyager, a Corolla, a Ford F150 and a Focus were stolen. 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 18, there have been four motor vehicle thefts in the Randallstown and Liberty Manor communities within the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 4.
  • 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. Cases occurred at various times of day. In one case keys were used and in two cases the ignition was pulled. One vehicle was recovered in Washington, D.C.
  • Since June 26, there have been seven motor vehicle thefts within close proximity to each other in the Glenside Park community within the Parkville Precinct. Four sedans, two Dodge Caravans and one motorcycle were stolen. One Caravan was recovered with the ignition missing, damage to the driver’s side lock and a butter knife in the vehicle. In three cases, victims stated that their keys were missing. Most vehicles were recovered nearby.
  • Since June 25, there have been twelve residential burglaries within the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred at various times. One case occurred over a six-day period. Entry was with force in nine cases. In one case, a suspect cut and disabled alarm and phone lines and turned off the power breaker in the basement. The suspect also ransacked every room in the house. Jewelry, iPods, iPads, checks, keys, video games, two TVs, bank checks, safe deposit box keys, cameras, a Honda key, a laptop, a suitcase, a PS3, a stereo and money were taken.

Crime Trends as of August 6

  • Since July 24, there have been two bank robberies involving similar motive and suspect description. Cases occurred in the Towson and Cockeysville precincts on a Tuesday and Thursday at noon. The suspect entered the bank, stated he wanted to cash a check and displayed a note that implied a weapon.
  • Since July 23, there have been two commercial robberies along Harford Road in the Parkville Precinct involving a white male suspect displaying a note. Cases occurred on a Wednesday and Saturday between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The suspect implied or displayed a weapon and demanded prescription drugs or money.
  • Since July 23, there have been five motor vehicle thefts in the Westowne and West Edmondale communities within the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. Most cases occurred overnight. Two Jeep Libertys, a Voyager, a Corolla, and a Ford F150 were taken. The steering column and ignition of one Jeep was 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. Two vehicles were stolen by unknown means and in two cases keys were most likely used.
  • Since July 18, there have been four motor vehicle thefts in the Randallstown and Liberty Manor communities within the Woodlawn Precinct. All cases occurred overnight. Two cases involved Honda Accords. In three cases, all keys were accounted for.
  • Since July 7, there have been thirteen residential burglaries in the Hereford zone within the Cockeysville Precinct. Most cases occurred from 8 am. to 11:30 p.m. In most cases, entry was by forcing doors. Money, gold coins, TVs, game systems, a digital camera, video games, an Xbox 360, a box of checks, a safe with bank checks, inactive credit cards, a commemorative baseball bat, a commemorative football, a signed “Ed Reed” Raven’s jersey, computer cables, medication, a camera with accessories, a helmet, goggles, and jewelry were taken.
  • Since June 26, there have been six motor vehicle thefts within close proximity to each other in the Glenside Park community within the Parkville Precinct. Four cases occurred overnight and two occurred in the afternoon. Two Toyotas, two Dodge Caravans, one Mazdaspeed and one motorcycle were taken. One Caravan was recovered with the ignition missing, damage to the driver’s side lock and a butter knife in the vehicle. Most vehicles were recovered nearby.
  • Since June 25, there have been ten residential burglaries in the Pikesville community within the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 28.
  • Since May 22, there have been three grocery store robberies and two convenience store robberies countywide committed by the same suspect. There has been no new activity since July 23.

August 28, 2014

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