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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 15

  • Since October 6, there have been two commercial robberies of the same business on Old Milford Mill Road in the Pikesville Precinct. Cases occurred on Mondays during afternoon and evening hours. In both cases the suspects implied or displayed a weapon and took money from the register.
  • Since October 3, there have been three motor vehicle thefts off Cranbrook Road in the Cockeysville Precinct. Two Kawasaki motorcycles were stolen on different nights, and a Caravan was stolen in the same timeframe as the second motorcycle theft. One case occurred in late evening. Two cases occurred overnight or in early morning hours. The motorcycles were stolen with all keys accounted for and with a front wheel lock on the vehicles. All incidents occurred in two adjacent apartment complexes.
  • Since September 22, there have been eight residential burglaries within the Country Ridge community in the Essex Precinct. Cases occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. Four of these cases occurred between 3 and 5 p.m. Suspects broke glass or forced rear doors and windows in four cases. Front doors or windows were forced or pried in three cases. Items taken include tablets, computers, game systems, clothes, DVDs, jewelry, TVs, money, video games, binoculars and prescription medication.
  • Since September 9, there have been seven residential burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands community in the Wilkens Precinct. Two cases occurred between 6:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Five cases occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. In most cases entry was gained by breaking glass. In one case, the suspect attempted to remove the door handle of the rear sliding glass door. TVs, two end tables, gaming systems, laptops, clothing, iPads, designer bags, jewelry, a cell phone, wallets containing various cards and money were taken.
  • Since September 7, there have been 10 residential burglaries along Washington Boulevard in the Wilkens Precinct. There has been no new activity since October 5.
  • 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. 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 driver’s 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. Sixteen of the stolen or targeted vehicles were Caravans.
  • Since April 10, there have been 22 deception burglaries and 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 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 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 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, tablets, wallets and silverware were taken. The last case occurred in the Cockeysville Precinct.

Crime Trends as of October 8

  • Since September 24, there have been three street robberies in the area of Rockdale Terrace and Church Lane within the Pikesville Precinct. There has been no new activity since September 29.
  • Since September 24, there have been two commercial robberies in Baltimore County in the Parkville and White Marsh precincts involving similar suspect descriptions. There has been no new activity since September 27.
  • Since September 22, there have been three residential burglaries within the Country Ridge community in the Essex Precinct. Cases occurred between 9:15 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. Rear doors or windows were forced or broken in all cases. Items taken include tablets, computers, game systems, clothes, DVDs, jewelry, TVs, money and video games.
  • Since September 21, there have been three commercial robberies in the Wilkens, Pikesville and Towson precincts involving similar motives and suspect descriptions. There has been no new activity since September 27.
  • Since September 9, there have been six residential burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands community in the Wilkens Precinct. Two cases occurred between 6:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Four cases occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. In most cases entry was gained by breaking glass. In the last case, the suspect attempted to remove the door handle of the rear sliding glass door. 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 four street robberies in the area of York Road and Castle Drive within the Towson Precinct. There has been no new activity since September 24.
  • Since September 7, there have been 10 residential burglaries along Washington Boulevard in the Wilkens Precinct. They occurred between 5:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. In four 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, credit cards or money was taken. Other property taken includes a Kindle Fire, video games, a DVD player, an Xbox, a Nintendo game system, clothing and two TVs.
  • Since August 26, there have been eight motor vehicle thefts in the Hillendale community in the Towson Precinct. There has been no new activity since September 27th.
  • Since August 2, there have been 19 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 driver’s 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. Thirteen of the stolen or targeted vehicles were Caravans.
  • Since May 22, there have been 14 robberies of grocery stores and convenience stores believed to have been committed by the same suspect. The robberies occurred countywide during various days and times. In most cases, the suspect displayed a weapon and took money from the safes and or registers.
  • Since April 10, there have been 21 deception burglaries and 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 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 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, tablets, wallets and silverware were taken. The last case occurred in the Cockeysville Precinct.

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 descriptions. 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 descriptions. 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 descriptions. 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 20 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 descriptions. 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.

Revised October 16, 2014

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