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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 precinct news for a weekly listing of significant crimes and other local police news. 

Crime Trends as of July 27

  • Since July 18, there have been two bank robberies in the Pikesville Precinct with similar suspect description and motive. The suspect approached a teller and demanded cash.
  • Since July 8, there have been four residential burglaries in the Parkville Precinct in the communities between Harford Road and Old Harford Road and Taylor Avenue and Putty Hill Road. Cases occurred between 6 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Front doors or windows were forced in two cases. No force was required in two cases. Items taken include jewelry, money and tablets.
  • Since July 6, there have been five auto thefts in the Ashlar Hill community in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred in overnight or morning hours. In two cases keys were used and in one case the vehicle was left running.
  • Since June 22, there have been five pharmacy burglaries in the Wilkens, Towson and Pikesville precincts. In most cases the suspects removed large amounts of narcotics or prescription medications. In two cases, the suspects pried or pulled open cash registers and removed money.
  • Since June 5, there have been nine auto thefts in the Joppa Heights and Apple Ridge communities in the Towson, Parkville and White Marsh precincts. There has been no new activity since July 17.

Crime Trends as of July 20

  • Since June 22, there have been four pharmacy burglaries in the Wilkens and Pikesville precincts. There has been no new activity since July 5.
  • Since June 5, there have been nine auto thefts in the Joppa Heights and Apple Ridge communities in the Towson, Parkville and White Marsh precincts. Cases occurred mostly overnight. Two vehicles had a popped ignition. The rest were taken by unknown means. One vehicle was stolen from an auto repair lot. The two vehicles in the White Marsh Precinct were taken on the same night.
  • Since May 13, there have been 13 auto thefts and one attempt in the Rossbrooke and Cranbrook Hills Apartments off Cranbrook Road in the Cockeysville Precinct. Most cases occurred during late night or early morning hours. Eight vehicles were motorcycles, four were vans or trucks and two were other types. Most vehicles were taken by unknown means. One had a popped ignition.
  • Since April 14, there have been 10 burglaries targeting single homes in Bonnie Ridge, Pickwick, Dumbarton, Greenspring East and Ralston in the Pikesville Precinct and in Gwynn Oak in the Woodlawn Precinct. There has been no new activity since July 9.

Crime Trends as of July 13

  • Since June 22, there have been four pharmacy burglaries in the Wilkens and Pikesville precincts. There has been no new activity since July 5.
  • Since June 5, there have been eight auto thefts in the Joppa Heights and Apple Ridge communities in the Towson, Parkville and White Marsh precincts. Cases occurred mostly overnight. One vehicle had a popped ignition. The rest were taken by unknown means. The vehicle in the Towson Precinct was stolen from an auto repair lot. The two vehicles in the White Marsh Precinct were taken on the same night.
  • Since April 14, there have been 10 burglaries targeting single homes in Bonnie Ridge, Pickwick, Dumbarton and Greenspring East in the Pikesville Precinct and in Gwynn Oak in the Woodlawn Precinct. Most cases occurred between 8 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Front and rear doors were entered via unlocked doors. In most cases, purses or wallets containing credit cards, personal documents, car keys and key fobs were stolen. In one case, the suspect took the victim’s Honda Odyssey from the driveway. In another, a 2005 Honda was ransacked and personal items were taken from the glove box. A key to a 2007 Honda Accord was stolen and then used to steal the vehicle. In the last two cases, a Toyota Sienna and a Honda Fit were stolen using keys that had been stolen from the residences. Two cell phones were taken in one case.

Crime Trends as of July 6

  • Since June 22, there have been four pharmacy burglaries in the Wilkens and Pikesville precincts. The two cases in the Wilkens Precinct occurred between 6 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. The two cases in the Pikesville Precinct occurred between 4:25 and 4:33 a.m. In most cases, entry was made with force and through front doors. Once inside, the suspects forced interior doors and ransacked cabinets. In all cases, the suspects removed a large amount of narcotics or prescription medications. In the last two cases, the suspects pried or pulled open cash registers and removed money.
  • Since June 17, there have been eight shed burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands community in the Wilkens Precinct. Three cases occurred between 4:43 and 5:53 a.m. Three cases occurred between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. One case occurred between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. One case occurred over a multiple day time period. Entry was made by cutting the door locks in most cases. In two cases, a suspect attempted to cut the lock with bolt cutters. The suspect was unsuccessful and got into a vehicle and left. A Yamaha dirt bike was taken in the first case. A Yamaha dirt bike and an ATV were taken in the second case. A bike was taken in the last case. Nothing was taken from the last three cases.
  • Since June 17, there have been five auto thefts and three attempts in Lansdowne in the Wilkens Precinct. There has been no new activity since June 25.
  • Since June 5, there have been seven auto thefts in the Joppa Heights and Apple Ridge communities in the Towson, Parkville and White Marsh precincts. Cases occurred mostly overnight. One vehicle had a popped ignition. The rest were taken by unknown means. The vehicle in the Towson Precinct was stolen from an auto repair lot. The two vehicles in the White Marsh Precinct were taken on the same night.
  • Since April 14, there have been nine burglaries targeting single homes in Bonnie Ridge, Pickwick, Dumbarton and Greenspring East in the Pikesville Precinct and in Gwynn Oak in the Woodlawn Precinct. Most cases occurred between 8 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Front and rear doors were entered via unlocked doors. In most cases, purses or wallets containing credit cards, personal documents, car keys and key fobs were stolen. In one case, the suspect took the victim’s Honda Odyssey from the driveway. In another, a 2005 Honda was ransacked and personal items were taken from the glove box. A key to a 2007 Honda Accord was stolen and then used to steal the vehicle. In the last case, a Toyota Sienna was stolen using a key that had been stolen from the residence. Two cell phones were taken in one case.
 

Revised July 27, 2016        

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