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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 August 24

  • Since August 22, there have been two robberies of convenience stores countywide involving similar motive and suspect description. Cases occurred on weekdays during early morning hours. One of the suspects displayed a weapon and demanded money.
  • Since August 6, there have been three residential burglaries in the Essex community in the Essex Precinct. There has been no new activity since August 14.
  • Since July 6, there have been 12 auto thefts and one attempted theft in the Ashlar Hill community in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred overnight or in morning hours. In three cases, keys were used and in one case, the vehicle was left running. The three most recent cases involved stolen motorcycles.

Crime Trends as of August 17

  • Since August 6, there have been three residential burglaries in the Essex community within the Essex Precinct. Two cases occurred during morning hours. One case occurred over a multiple-day time frame. Unlocked doors or windows were entered in all cases. Screens were cut in one case. Items taken include purses, money, tablets, credit cards and jewelry.
  • Since July 31, there have been two robberies of a convenience store in the Towson Precinct with similar suspect description. There has been no new activity since August 7.
  • Since July 23, there have been seven residential burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands and Lansdowne communities in the Wilkens Precinct. Cases occurred at various times and in most cases, on Mondays and Saturdays. In most cases, entry was gained through windows by using force. A safe containing money, TVs, a wallet, money, personal identity documents, an iPhone 4, a camera, gaming systems, food and clothing were taken.
  • Since July 15, there have been 14 auto thefts and four attempts in southern Wilkens Precinct. Nine cases occurred during overnight or early morning hours. In the four attempt cases, the ignitions were tampered with. In one case, a key was used. All other vehicles were taken by unknown means. Thirteen of the vehicles were Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep or Plymouths.
  • Since July 6, there have been eight auto thefts in the Ashlar Hill community in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred overnight or in morning hours. In three cases, keys were used and in one case, the vehicle was left running.
  • Since June 22, there have been seven pharmacy burglaries in the Wilkens, Woodlawn, Towson, Pikesville and Dundalk precincts. There has been no new activity since August 4.
  • Since May 5, there have been three commercial robberies in the Wilkens Precinct with a similar suspect description and motive. In all three cases, the suspect implied or displayed a weapon and took money.

Crime Trends as of August 10

  • Since July 31, there have been two robberies of a convenience store in the Towson Precinct with similar suspect description. In both cases, the suspect displayed a weapon and demanded cash and cigarettes. Both cases occurred during early morning hours.
  • Since July 25, there have been multiple storage burglaries in the Wilkens, Woodlawn and Dundalk precincts. There has been no new activity since July 29.
  • Since July 6, there have been seven auto thefts in the Ashlar Hill community in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred overnight or in morning hours. In three cases, keys were used and in one case, the vehicle was left running.
  • Since June 22, there have been seven pharmacy burglaries in the Wilkens, Woodlawn, Towson, Pikesville and Dundalk precincts. Cases occurred during the early morning hours. In most cases, entry was made with force and through front doors. Once inside, the suspects then forced interior doors and ransacked cabinets. 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. In the last case, the suspects took money.

Crime Trends as of August 3

  • Since July 27, there have been two robberies in the Arbutus and Baltimore Highlands communities within the Wilkens Precinct involving the same suspect vehicle. In both cases, the same vehicle was used to transport the suspect(s) to the robbery location. In the first case, the suspect displayed a weapon and took the victim’s vehicle. In the second case, the suspect approached the victim and asked for directions and then displayed a weapon and demanded property.
  • Since July 25, there have been multiple storage burglaries in the Wilkens, Woodlawn and Dundalk precincts. In the Wilkens Precinct, cases occurred between July 25 and July 27. In the Woodlawn Precinct, cases occurred around 1:40 a.m. In the Dundalk Precinct, cases occurred between 5 p.m. and 10:10 a.m. In all cases, storage unit doors were forced open or the locks were cut. In the Woodlawn case, the suspects forced three unit doors and, once inside, broke through the drywall to get from unit to unit. In the Wilkens Precinct, door locks to all units were taken. Two speakers were missing from a storage unit in the Woodlawn Precinct. A small safe lock was broken and a U.S. Army uniform was stolen from a unit in the Dundalk Precinct.
  • Since July 24, there have been 14 residential burglaries in the Greenfield and Glenmar communities in the Essex Precinct. Cases occurred between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. Rear windows were entered in 12 cases by no force or by cutting screens. Unlocked doors were entered in two cases. Items taken include purses, keys, a vehicle, wallets, cigarettes, game systems, credit cards, a laptop, video games and money.
  • Since July 18, there have been two bank robberies in the Pikesville Precinct with similar suspect description and motive. There has been no new activity since July 22.
  • Since July 6, there have been six auto thefts in the Ashlar Hill community in the Towson Precinct. Cases occurred in overnight or morning hours. In three cases keys were used and in one case the vehicle was left running.
  • Since June 22, there have been six pharmacy burglaries in the Wilkens, Woodlawn, Towson and Pikesville precincts. In most cases, entry was made with force and through front doors. Once inside, the suspects then forced interior doors and ransacked cabinets. 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.
 

Revised August 25, 2016        

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