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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 February 25

  • Since February 12, there have been four commercial robberies countywide, believed to have been committed by the same suspects. Cases occurred during afternoon to early morning hours. The suspects displayed a weapon and took money and cigarettes. In one case, a suspect assaulted the victim.
  • Since January 20, there have been 19 deception burglaries and thefts targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. There have been no new cases since February 9.
  • Since January 15, there have been 12 vehicle thefts in the area of Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands in the Wilkens Precinct. Most cases occurred between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Four of the stolen vehicles were Dodge or Chrysler. Five of the stolen vehicles were taken with keys already in the ignitions. One case involved a Town and Country vehicle that had the ignition pulled out. One suspect out of six was arrested in that case. In another case, involving a Caravan, one suspect was seen in the vehicle while another stood as a lookout. One vehicle was recovered with the interior set on fire.
  • Since October 28, 2014, there have been 30 commercial robberies countywide believed to have been committed by the same suspect. There has been no new activity since February 8.
  • Since September 1, 2014, there have been eight cases of commercial burglaries targeting pharmacy and medical equipment stores to steal pharmaceutical drugs. Baltimore City has had more than 10 additional related pharmacy burglaries. In most cases, front doors were pried or forced with crowbars and or sledgehammers. Most stolen items were controlled pharmaceutical drugs. In one case, a safe containing narcotics was taken. Money was taken from a register in one case and cigarettes were stolen in another case.

Crime Trends as of February 11

  • Since January 26, there have been three residential burglaries in the Kenwood community of the White Marsh Precinct. There has been no new related activity since February 2.
  • Since January 19, there have been 16 deception burglaries and thefts targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. Most cases occurred on weekdays between 12:30 and 6 p.m. In most cases, the suspect claimed to be working or subcontracting for Brothers Roofing or a roofing company. The suspect asked for repair work or asked to inspect roof leaks to gain entry. An elderly white female was seen in a passenger seat of the suspect's vehicle in a few cases. In one case, a female suspect approached random customers and claimed to have no money for food. She left after obtaining money from one customer. In most cases, purses were taken containing money, jewelry, cell phones, personal identity items, checks, and credit and debit cards.
  • Since January 15, there have been eight vehicle thefts in the area of Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands in the Wilkens Precinct. Most cases occurred between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Four of the stolen vehicles were Dodge or Chrysler. Four of the stolen vehicles were taken with keys already in the ignition. One case involved a Town and Country vehicle that had the ignition pulled out. One suspect out of the six was arrested in that case. In another case, involving a Caravan, one suspect was seen in the vehicle while another stood as a lookout.
  • Since October 28, 2014, there have been 30 commercial robberies countywide believed to have been committed by the same suspect. The suspect displayed a weapon and took money and, in some cases, cigarettes. Baltimore City has experienced similar activity.

Crime Trends as of February 4

  • Since January 26, there have been three residential burglaries in the Kenwood Community of the White Marsh Precinct. Cases occurred between 8:45 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Two cases occurred on the same day. Suspects forced or broke glass to gain entry. A safe was targeted in one case. Items taken include iPads and jewelry.
  • Since January 20, there have been seven deception burglaries and thefts targeting elderly victims in Baltimore County. Most cases occurred on weekdays during the afternoon hours, between 12:30 and 6 p.m. In most cases, the suspect claimed to be working or subcontracting for “Brothers Roofing” or a roofing company. Suspect asked for repair work or asked to inspect roof leaks to gain entry. An elderly white female was seen in a passenger seat of the suspect’s vehicle in a few cases. In one case, a female suspect approached random customers and claimed to have no money for food. She left after obtaining money from one customer. In most cases, purses were taken containing money, credit cards, debit cards, checks and personal identity items.
  • Since January 18, there have been five commercial robberies within the North Point and White Marsh precincts involving similar suspect description. There has been no new activity since January 26.
  • Since December 25, 2014, there have been five commercial burglaries targeting liquor stores, a gas station and a convenience store in the Wilkens, Franklin, Towson and White Marsh precincts. Cases occurred during overnight hours, from 1:17 through 6:19 a.m. In all cases, entry was made by twisting the lock of the front doors with a screw driver or other object. Scratch-off lottery tickets and, in one case, cigarettes were stolen.
  • Since December 21, 2014, there have been seven thefts of vehicles at various times of day in the Highland Village Townhomes area of the Wilkens Precinct. There has been no new activity since January 23.
  • Since October 28, 2014 there have been 29 commercial robberies countywide believed to have been committed by the same suspect. The suspect displayed a weapon and took money and, in some cases, cigarettes.

Crime Trends as of January 28

  • Since January 18, there have been five commercial robberies within the North Point Precinct involving similar suspect description. Cases occurred during afternoon and evening hours. The suspects displayed weapons and demanded money and cigarettes.
  • Since January 18, there have been three commercial burglaries targeting restaurants and bars in the Wilkens and Woodlawn precincts. Cases occurred between 10 p.m. and 10:50 a.m. In two cases, window or door glass was smashed, and in one case a rear door was pried. Cash registers were taken from all locations. Money, a safe, a computer, food and an iPhone 6 were also taken.
  • Since January 9, there have been three street robberies within the Brookmill Road and Marsue Drive area of the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since January 19.
  • Since January 5, there have been five street robberies in the Hillendale area of the Towson Precinct. There has been no new activity since January 18.
  • Since December 25, 2014, there have been four commercial burglaries targeting liquor stores, a gas station and a convenience store in the Wilkens, Franklin and White Marsh precincts. Cases occurred during overnight hours, from 1:17 through 6:19 a.m. In all cases, entry was made by twisting the lock of the front doors with a screw driver or other object. Scratch-off lottery tickets and, in one case, cigarettes were stolen.
  • Since December 21, 2014, there have been seven thefts of vehicles at various times of day in the Highland Village Townhomes area in the Wilkens Precinct. In three cases, the vehicle had been left running. In one of these cases, the victim saw three suspects wearing black ski masks.
  • Since October 28, 2014, there have been 28 commercial robberies countywide believed to have been committed by the same suspect. The suspect displayed a weapon and took money and, in two cases, cigarettes.
  • Since September 1, 2014, there have been five cases of commercial burglaries targeting pharmacy and medical equipment stores to steal pharmaceutical drugs. Baltimore City has had more than 10 related pharmacy burglaries since October 30, 2014. All but one case occurred between 4 and 4:20 a.m. In most cases, front doors were pried with crowbars. In the last case, the front door glass was smashed. Once inside the suspects kicked in the interior doors and ransacked the pharmacy areas. Most stolen items were controlled pharmaceutical drugs. In one case, a safe containing narcotics was taken. Money was also taken from a register.

Revised February 25, 2015

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