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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 October 1

  • Since September 24, there have been three street robberies in the area of Rockdale Terrace and Church Lane within the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred on weekdays between 2 and 3 p.m. Victims were walking home from school when the suspects assaulted the victims. Cell phones were taken.
  • Since September 24, there have been three commercial robberies in the Wilkens, Pikesville and Towson precincts involving similar motives and suspect description. Cases occurred during various hours and days. In two cases the suspects displayed weapons and took money and cigarettes. In the other case, the suspects took money, video games and video game accessories. Baltimore City experienced similar activity. The last case occurred in the Towson Precinct.
  • Since September 24, there have been two commercial robberies in Baltimore County in the Parkville and White Marsh precincts involving similar suspect description. Cases occurred on various days between 4 and 5 p.m. The suspect brought items to the register as if to make a purchase and displayed or implied a weapon. In the White Marsh case, the suspect left in the passenger side of a vehicle driven by a black male.
  • Since September 9, there have been five residential burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands community in the Wilkens Precinct. Two cases occurred between 6:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Three cases occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. In most cases entry was gained by breaking glass. TVs, two end tables, gaming systems, laptops, clothing, iPads, designer bags, jewelry, a cell phone and a wallet were taken.
  • Since September 7, there have been nine residential burglaries along Washington Boulevard in the Wilkens Precinct. They occurred between 5:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. In three cases, doors or windows were forced open. In six cases, entry was made with no force. Suspects ransacked homes, rummaged through bedroom dresser drawers or opened closet doors. In most cases jewelry or money was taken. Other property taken included a Kindle Fire, video games, a DVD player, an Xbox, a Nintendo game system, clothing, two TVs and a credit card.
  • Since September 7, there have been four street robberies in the area of York Road and Castle Drive within the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred on various days during late night and morning hours. The victims were walking to or from apartment buildings when the suspects robbed them. Physical force was used in three cases and weapons were used in one case.
  • Since August 28, there have been seven residential burglaries near the city line in the White Marsh Precinct. There has been no new activity since September 22.
  • Since August 26, there have been eight motor vehicle thefts in the Hillendale community in the Towson Precinct. Activity involves different vehicle types and is not necessarily related to the same suspects. Cases occurred during evening and overnight hours. In one case an Acura sport coupe was recovered with a tampered ignition after it was involved in an accident. In four cases, all keys were accounted for. In two cases the vehicles were taken with keys.
  • Since August 7, there have been seven commercial robberies involving similar motives and suspect description. Pet stores were targeted in three cases. There has been no new activity since September 18.
  • Since August 2, there have been 18 auto thefts or attempted thefts near the city line in the communities of Gwynn Oak, Rosemont and Lansdowne in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. Although the thefts had a similar motive, activity in the different communities or precincts is not necessarily related to the same suspect(s). In all cases vehicles were taken by unknown means or had the ignition popped. In the two attempts, rear side windows were broken. Most incidents occurred overnight. One stolen vehicle was involved in a crash and found unoccupied with a popped ignition. A vehicle stolen from Lansdowne was recovered in Baltimore City. Twelve of the stolen vehicles were Caravans.
  • Since May 22, there have been 11 robberies of grocery stores and convenience stores countywide during various days and times. There has been no new activity since September 23.
  • Since April 10, there have been twenty deception burglaries or thefts targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. Most cases occurred on weekdays between noon and 6 p.m. Suspects posed as employees of the county, water department or BGE. The suspects would claim they needed to check the water, water pipes or do an inspection in the basement, bathroom or the property. The suspects would approach the victims to ask where the rear property line was to dig a ditch or do tree and or fence work. In two cases, suspects came to do driveway work and came back later asking for money or work. In one case, the suspects claimed to be exterminators and took the victim to the back of the location to show the victim the areas where mosquitoes live. In some cases, the suspects wore bright yellow traffic vests and showed ID badges. In most cases, one of the suspects would distract 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 Woodlawn Precinct.

Crime Trends as of September 24

  • Since September 13, there have been two street robberies on the Route 702 footbridge in the Essex Precinct. They occurred on a Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and a Wednesday night at 11:20 p.m. The suspect(s) assaulted and robbed the victims while they were walking on the footbridge.
  • Since September 9, there have been four residential burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands community in the Wilkens Precinct. Two cases occurred between 6:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Two cases occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. In most cases entry was gained by breaking glass. TVs, two end tables, gaming systems, laptops, clothing, iPads, designer bags and a wallet were taken.
  • Since September 7, there have been three street robberies in the area of York Road and Castle Drive within the Towson Precinct. There has been no new activity since September 16.
  • Since September 7, there have been eight residential burglaries along Washington Boulevard in the Wilkens Precinct. They occurred between 5:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. In two cases, rear doors were forced open. In six cases, entry was made with no force. Suspects ransacked homes, rummaged through bedroom dresser drawers or opened closet doors. Jewelry or money was taken from six homes. Other property taken included a Kindle Fire, video games, a DVD player, an Xbox, a Nintendo game system, clothing and two TVs.
  • Since August 29, there have been two commercial robberies countywide involving the same suspect. There has been no new activity since September 9.
  • Since August 28, there have been seven residential burglaries near the city line in the White Marsh Precinct. Most cases occurred between 8:15 a.m. and 8:10 p.m. One case occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 3:09 a.m. Doors were forced in four cases. A window screen was cut in one case and forced in another case. Door glass was broken in one case. Items taken include game systems, video games, sound system, TVs, laptops, tablets, money and jewelry.
  • Since August 26, there have been five motor vehicle thefts in the Hillendale community in the Towson Precinct. Activity involves different vehicle types and is not necessarily related to the same suspects. Cases occurred during evening and overnight hours. In one case an Acura sport coupe was recovered with a tampered ignition after it was involved in an accident. In three cases, all keys were accounted for. In one case an Acura was taken with keys.
  • Since August 21, there have been seven commercial robberies countywide involving similar motives and suspect description. Pet stores were targeted in three cases. Three cases occurred on Thursdays. One case occurred on a Tuesday and one on a Friday. Cases occurred between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. In all seven cases, the suspect displayed a weapon and took money from the register. Baltimore City experienced similar activity. The last case occurred in the Towson Precinct.
  • Since August 2, there have been 13 auto thefts near the city line in the communities of Gwynn Oak, Rosemont and Lansdowne in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. Although the thefts had a similar motive, activity in the different communities or precincts is not necessarily related to the same suspect(s). In all cases vehicles were taken by unknown means or had the ignition popped. Most incidents occurred overnight. One stolen vehicle was involved in a crash off Liberty Road and found unoccupied with a popped ignition. A vehicle stolen from Lansdowne was recovered in Baltimore City. Eight of the stolen vehicles were Caravans.
  • Since May 22, there have been 11 robberies of grocery stores and convenience stores countywide during various days and times. They are believed to have been committed by the same suspect. In all cases, the suspect displayed a weapon and took money from the register or safe. The last case occurred in the Franklin Precinct.

Crime Trends as of September 17

  • Since September 7, there have been three street robberies in the area of York Road and Castle Drive within the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred on various days during morning hours. The victims had been walking to or from apartment buildings when the suspect approached the victims. Physical force was used in two cases and weapons were used in one case.
  • Since September 7, there have been five residential burglaries along Washington Boulevard in the Wilkens Precinct. They occurred between 6:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. In two cases, rear doors were forced open. In three cases, entry was made with no force. Suspects ransacked homes, rummaged through bedroom dresser drawers or opened closet doors. Jewelry or money was taken from four homes. Other property taken included a Kindle Fire, video games, a DVD player, an Xbox, a Nintendo game system and two TVs.
  • Since August 29, there have been two commercial robberies countywide involving the same suspect. Cases occurred on a Friday and Tuesday between 6 and 7 p.m. In all cases, the suspect brought an item to the counter as if to make a purchase, implied a weapon, took money and fled.
  • Since August 28, there have been four commercial burglaries along the Reisterstown Road corridor within the Franklin Precinct. There has been no new activity since September 7.
  • Since August 28, there have been five residential burglaries by the city line in the White Marsh Precinct. Most cases occurred between 8:15 a.m. and 8:10 p.m. One case occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 3:09 a.m. Doors were forced in three cases. A window screen was cut in one case and forced in another case. Items taken include game systems, video games, sound system, TVs, laptops, tablets, money and jewelry.
  • Since August 21, there have been three pet store robberies and one grocery store robbery countywide committed by the same suspect . Cases occurred in the Pikesville, Towson, White Marsh and North Point precincts. Two cases occurred on a Tuesday. One case each occurred on a Thursday and Friday during morning and afternoon hours. Two cases occurred between 4 and 5 p.m. In all four cases, the suspect displayed a weapon and demanded money. Baltimore City experienced similar activity. The last case occurred in the White Marsh Precinct.

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.

Revised October 1, 2014

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