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Precinct 4 – Pikesville  


Captain John McGann

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Michael DiCara

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News from the Captain

Warmer weather is here and citizens are reminded to be careful so that they don't become a victim of a deception burglary.

The suspects in these cases will approach their victims and claim that they are from organizations such as the Water Department or BGE. They will tell the victim that they need to do some type of inspection. In some cases, the suspects have even worn clothing that makes them look authentic and have shown identification badges. While one suspect distracts the victim, another suspect will enter the home and steal money, jewelry and other valuable items.

Help prevent deception burglaries by following these tips.

  • Do not allow uninvited repair workers into your home, especially if they want to fix something that you have not noticed is a problem (such as a leaky roof).
  • Do not allow anyone to lead you anywhere in your home or on your property. This can leave other areas of the home unsecure so that a thief can access those areas.
  • If someone claims to be at your home for an inspection, ask for picture identification and contact their company prior to allowing them into your home.
  • Watch for people offering services in your community and make sure to write down a description of the individuals and their vehicle, including a tag number. Report the information to police.
  • Older residents and those living alone are often targeted—keep in contact with your neighbors to ensure that they are not victimized.
  • Report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to police immediately.

More information about deception burglaries and other residential crime prevention tips are available online.

Make your community an uncomfortable place for any criminal. Be sure to call 911 when you see suspicious behavior in your neighborhood.


Are you going out of town? Don't leave your home looking unoccupied. Complete a Vacant House form and email it to the precinct's Community Outreach Team. Officers will then check on your location for any unusual activity while you are away.

If something suspicious does happen at your home, law enforcement will be able to quickly reach you or a local emergency contact from the information provided on the form.

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Precinct 4 - Pikesville

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  1. Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year Awarded to Ofc. Canning

    The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year for 2016 is awarded to Officer M. Canning #5556.

    Officer Canning was one of the precinct leaders both in his squad and on his overall shift during the 2016 year. Officer Canning works the overnight shift and the majority of his criminal arrests and case clearances were from self-initiated investigations, rather than just responding to dispatched calls. He understands the importance of a proactive approach in effectively controlling and deterring crime.

    Officer Canning is a young officer, but one who is dedicated to his position as a law enforcement officer. His experience in patrol has led to him becoming a thorough and intuitive investigator, the epitome of a good “beat cop.” One example of this occurred in December when he conducted a routine check of a registration plate on a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was reported stolen in Baltimore City. Upon stopping the vehicle he spoke with the driver, a female who immediately explained that the vehicle was not hers but gave a reasonable explanation as to why it was in her possession, including the keys. Officer Canning made keen observations of her behavior and responses to questions and recognized that she was being deceptive. Ultimately he confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen from a hospital parking lot after the keys were lost. He was able to arrest the suspect, recover the vehicle and return it to the victim. During the course of the arrest he also discovered illegal drugs and paraphernalia, with which the suspect was also charged.  

    Additionally, Officer Canning removed two illegal firearms off of the Pikesville streets. One was confiscated from a prohibited felon, who was then charged accordingly, and the other was confiscated during an arrest in an area identified with a crime trend. Both cases required keen investigative skills and proper documentation to ensure a successful prosecution of the suspects.

    Another case exemplifying Officer Canning’s vigilance and dedication to his profession involved five suspects of thefts from auto in an identified crime trend area. Not a simple case, as each suspect stopped in a different location  in an area where a car was broken into. Officer Canning did an excellent job of articulating the facts of the case, resulting in the arrest and proper charging of five juveniles. The arrest and charging of juveniles holds additional procedures and responsibilities for officers, but Officer Canning did it with skill and efficiency.

    In addition to the great investigative work that Officer Canning accomplished throughout the year, he also achieved an outstanding amount of criminal and traffic violation enforcement. Officer Canning is a competent and reliable officer who is an example to other officers and an excellent representation of the core values of this agency: Integrity, Fairness, Service. Congratulations to Officer Canning on his award for Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year for 2016!

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:29:00 GMT
  2. June 11: Robbery, Milford Mill and Liberty roads 21244

    At 11:05 a.m., a Baltimore Sun newspaper salesman was robbed of cash and newspapers by two unknown suspects.
    Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:05:00 GMT
  3. June 8: First Degree Burglary, 3500 Block of Barton Oaks Road 21208

    Sometime before 6:30 a.m., an unknown suspect used a ladder to gain entrance to the second floor of the victim's house. The suspect entered through a window, then stole the victim's car keys, medications and other items. The suspect took the car which was found later at the site of a cat burglary down the street.
    Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:01:00 GMT

View the Local Blotter for the Pikesville Precinct for the latest news on crime in your area.

About the Precinct Commander

Captain John McGann is a 23-year veteran of law enforcement. He started his career with the Baltimore Police Department. While with the Baltimore Police Department, he worked uniform patrol and spent his last two and a half years as a detective in the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT).

In January 1998, Captain McGann transferred to the Baltimore County Police Department. He has worked uniform patrol and has spent a considerable amount of his career in various Narcotics units and in the Vice unit. Captain McGann regularly patrols the precinct, paying special attention to crime trend areas. He is a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Revised April 17, 2017         


Captain John McGann
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215 Milford Mill Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
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Main Phone: 410-887-1279
Fax: 410-887-6770

Captain John McGann,
Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Michael DiCara,
Assistant Commander

Business Patrol Initiative (BPI)

Citizens On Patrol (COP)

Community Outreach Team

Counseling Team

Domestic Violence Coordinator

Explorer Program

Juvenile Offenders In Need of Supervision (JOINS)

Police Community Relations Council (PCRC)

School Resource Officers (SRO)

Traffic Team

Vice/Narcotics Complaints

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