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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 November 19

  • Since November 1, there have been four thefts or attempted thefts from autos in the Lochearn community in the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since November 11.
  • Since October 30, there have been four residential burglaries in the Fairbrook community in the Woodlawn Precinct. Most cases occurred between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. In all cases, entry was attempted or gained by prying the front door. Two apartments were ransacked and jewelry, laptops, money and personal identity items were taken.
  • Since October 28, there have been seven residential burglaries in the Overlea community in the White Marsh Precinct. Cases occurred between 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Suspects broke glass or forced rear doors or windows or, in one case, entered through an unlocked door. Locations were ransacked in most cases. Items taken include jewelry, TVs, a game system, computers, video games and an iPad.
  • Since October 26, there have been six commercial burglaries in the White Marsh Precinct between White Marsh Boulevard and Rossville Boulevard. There has been no new activity since November 7.
  • Since October 14, there have been four street robberies in the Westowne area of the Wilkens Precinct. There has been no new activity since November 7.
  • Since October 6, there have been three robberies of the same market in the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred on Sundays or Mondays during afternoon and evening hours. In all cases one of the suspects displayed a weapon, and the suspect(s) took money from the register.
  • Since October 1, there have been six deception burglaries and or thefts and one related robbery targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. Cases occurred during the afternoon hours between noon and 6 p.m. The suspects used deception to gain entry. Since April 1, there have been over 20 deception cases in Baltimore County. Suspects posed as employees of the County, water department or BGE. The suspects would claim they needed to check water and or water pipes or do an inspection in the basement, bathroom or property. The suspects would approach the victims to ask where the rear property line was to dig a ditch, tree or fence work. In most cases, one of the suspects would distract the victim while the other suspect(s) gained access to the home. In one case the suspects asked to do driveway work. The elderly suspect, 80 to 85 years old, asked for a glass of water, went inside and asked the victim’s wife to write a check for the work. In four cases, the female suspect carried a walkie-talkie or a cell phone and talked to a second suspect during the incidents. Jewelry, money, a safe containing money, a tablet and a wallet were taken. The last case occurred in the North Point Precinct.
  • Since September 1, there have been four commercial burglaries in the Wilkens, Woodlawn, Parkville and White Marsh precincts targeting pharmacies and medical equipment stores to steal pharmaceutical drugs. Cases occurred during evening or overnight hours. In all cases, front doors were pried with crowbars. Once inside, the suspects ransacked the pharmacy areas. The suspects stole mostly controlled pharmaceutical drugs. Money was also taken from the register.
  • Since July 18, there have been three bank robberies countywide committed by the same suspect. Cases occurred on various days between 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. In all cases the suspect displayed a note, took money, and fled on foot.
  • Since May 20, there have been four arson cases reported within the Colgate community of the North Point Precinct. There has been no new activity since November 2.

Crime Trends as of November 12

  • Since November 6, there have been nine motor vehicle theft cases countywide which involved multiple vehicles. All vehicles were taken by the use of keys. In two cases, a vehicle was stolen by using a key from the victim’s other vehicle. In two cases, a vehicle was stolen by using a key from the glove box. In one case a vehicle was stolen most likely by the use of a key. The victim’s other vehicle was targeted a day later, but the attempt was unsuccessful because the keys had been reprogrammed. Cases occurred during evening or overnight hours.
  • Since November 1, there have been four thefts or attempted thefts from autos in the Lochearn community in the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred overnight. In all cases, the interiors of the vehicles were ransacked. Doors were likely unlocked in all cases. In the first case, a Garmin GPS was stolen from the trunk. In the second case, a tablet was taken and the hood of the vehicle was popped. In the third case nothing was taken. In the fourth case cash, paperwork and a purse were taken.
  • Since October 30, there have been two thefts of Honda vehicles in the Lakebrook and Lansdowne communities in the Wilkens Precinct. There has been no new activity since November 5.
  • Since October 29, there have been three motor vehicle thefts or attempted thefts of minivans in the Loveton Farms area near Sparks. There has been no new activity since October 31.
  • Since October 28, there have been five residential burglaries in the Overlea community in the White Marsh Precinct. Cases occurred between 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Suspects broke glass or forced rear doors or windows. Locations were ransacked in most cases. Items taken include jewelry, a TV, a game system, a computer and an iPad.
  • Since October 26, there have been six commercial burglaries in the White Marsh Precinct between White Marsh Boulevard and Rossville Boulevard. Cases occurred overnight. Suspects forced and or broke door or window glass in four cases. In one case, suspects sawed through a trash compactor door. Items taken include money and clothing.
  • Since October 24, there have been three street robberies within the Randallstown area of the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since November 4.
  • Since October 14, there have been four street robberies in the Westowne area of the Wilkens Precinct. Most cases occurred on Tuesdays. One case occurred on a Friday. Most cases occurred between 9:30 p.m. and midnight. In three cases, the suspects displayed or implied a weapon and demanded property. In two cases the suspects used force to take property. In one case, the suspect rode up to the victim on a bicycle and used force to take her purse.
  • Since October 14, there have been four residential burglaries in the Westview Park community in the Woodlawn Precinct. Most cases occurred between 8 and 10:30 a.m. Suspects broke window glass or cut window screens to gain entry and ransacked homes. In two cases, the suspects used a garden tool or a pickaxe to break or pry window glass and screens. Money and jewelry were taken.
  • Since October 1, there have been five deception burglaries and or thefts and one related robbery targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. There has been no new activity since November 1.
  • Since May 20, there have been four arson cases reported within the Colgate community of the North Point Precinct. Over the past three years, there have been a total of 19 cases that may have been caused by the same suspect(s). Most cases occurred various days between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Cases this year have been between 2:30 and 5 a.m. Over the entire three-year period, there have been four cases during the late afternoon hours of 3:20 to 6:20 p.m. The suspect(s) usually set fire to a vehicle or shed in rear yards and alleys of the Colgate community. It appears that these alleys are not usually lighted. The suspect(s) will sometimes set multiple fires within a period of a few minutes to one hour apart.

Crime Trends as of November 6

  • Since November 1, there have been three thefts or attempted thefts from autos in the Lochearn community in the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred overnight. In all cases, the interior of the vehicle was ransacked. Doors were likely unlocked in all cases. In the first case, a GPS was stolen from the trunk. In the second case, a tablet was taken and the hood of the vehicle was popped. In the last case nothing was taken.
  • Since October 30, there have been two motor vehicle thefts of Honda vehicles in the Lakebrook and Lansdowne communities in the Wilkens Precinct. Cases occurred at various times of day. Both vehicles were taken by unknown means, and neither has been recovered. Both vehicles were locked. In one case, shattered glass was found in the spot where the vehicle had been parked.
  • Since October 29, there have been three motor vehicle thefts or attempted thefts of minivans in the Loveton Farms area near Sparks. Cases occurred at various times of day. One vehicle was stolen by unknown means, and the other two vehicles had the ignition pulled. One vehicle was recovered.
  • Since October 28, there have been four residential burglaries in the Overlea community in the White Marsh Precinct. Cases occurred between 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Suspects broke glass or forced rear doors or windows. Locations were ransacked in most cases. Items taken include jewelry, a TV, and an iPad.
  • Since October 24, there have been three street robberies within the Randallstown area of the Woodlawn Precinct. Cases occurred on various days between 4 and 10 p.m. In the first case, the victim was riding his bicycle when the suspects approached and used force to take the bicycle. In the second case, the suspect used force to take a cell phone from the victim’s hand. In the third case, the suspect displayed a weapon, used force, and robbed a food delivery driver.
  • Since October 13, there have been six street robberies within the Loch Raven Village and Hillendale communities within the Towson Precinct. Cases may not have been committed by the same suspects. Three cases occurred between 7 and 11:30 a.m. Three cases occurred between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Most cases occurred on weekdays. Weapons were displayed in five cases, and physical force was used in one case. Victims were at or walking to bus stops in two cases, on a business parking lot in one case, and in an apartment lobby in another case where a purse was taken. In the last three cases, the suspects displayed weapons and took cell phones and a purse.
  • Since October 11, there have been three motor vehicle thefts in the communities north of Reisterstown Road and I-695 in the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since October 23.
  • Since October 3, there have been four motor vehicle thefts off Cranbrook Road in the Cockeysville Precinct. There has been no new activity since October 27.
  • Since October 1, there have been five deception burglaries and or thefts and one related robbery targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. Cases occurred during the afternoon hours between 12 and 5 p.m. The suspects used deception to gain entry. Since April 1, there have been over 20 deception burglaries and or thefts targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. Suspects posed as employees of the County, water department or BGE. The suspects would claim they needed to check water or water pipes or do an inspection in the basement, bathroom or property. The suspects would approach the victims to ask where the rear property line was to dig a ditch, do tree or fence work. In most cases, one of the suspects would distract the victim while the other suspect(s) gained access to the home. In one case the suspects asked to do driveway work. The elderly suspect, 80 to 85 years old, asked for a glass of water, went inside and asked the victim’s wife to write a check for the work. In four cases, the female suspect carried a walkie-talkie or a cell phone and talked to a second suspect during the incidents. Jewelry, money, a safe containing money, a tablet, and a wallet were taken. The last case occurred in the Essex Precinct.

Crime Trends as of October 29

  • Since October 13, there have been four street robberies within the Loch Raven Village and Hillendale communities within the Towson Precinct. Cases may not have been committed by the same suspects. Most cases occurred between 7 and 11:30 a.m. One case occurred at 6:23 p.m. All cases occurred on weekdays. Weapons were displayed in three cases, and physical force was used in one case. Victims were at or walking to bus stops in two cases, on a business parking lot in one case, and in an apartment lobby in the other case.
  • Since October 11, there have been three motor vehicle thefts in the communities north of Reisterstown Road and I-695 in the Pikesville Precinct. All vehicles were taken using keys. The last two incidents occurred on the same night.
  • Since October 3, there have been four motor vehicle thefts off Cranbrook Road in the Cockeysville Precinct. Three motorcycles were stolen on different nights, and a Caravan was stolen in the same time frame as the second motorcycle incident. One case occurred in late evening hours. One case occurred during a two-week time period. Two cases occurred during overnight or early morning hours. The three motorcycles were stolen with all keys accounted for and with a front wheel lock used on two of them. All incidents occurred in two adjacent apartment complexes.
  • Since August 2, there have been 24 auto thefts or attempted thefts near the city line in the communities of Gwynn Oak, Rosemont, Lansdowne and West Edmondale in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. There has been no new activity since October 12.
  • Since May 22, there have been 17 robberies of grocery stores and convenience stores in Baltimore County believed to have been committed by the same suspect. There has been no new activity since October 14.

Revised November 20, 2014

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