Captain John McGann
Lieutenant Michael DiCara
News from the Captain
Officers in the Pikesville Precinct are seeing an increase in vehicle thefts as the weather gets cooler. Drivers are reminded to never leave their vehicle running unattended. Many vehicles are stolen on colder mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm it up. Also, vehicles are stolen when the driver gets out at ATMs, convenience stores and gas stations. It is against the law to leave a vehicle running unattended. You could face a $70 fine and a one-point violation.
Residents should also stay alert to certain crime trends that have occurred throughout the county in recent years: deception burglaries and home improvement scams. Be mindful of certain ruses.
- Deception burglaries occur when suspects, generally working in pairs, approach homeowners at their residence with the intent of gaining entry under a seemingly benevolent role like posing as a legitimate worker from a local gas company, water department, cable company, or as a tree trimmer, paver, county inspector, or government official. One suspect will distract the homeowner while a second suspect will quietly enter the home and search for valuables and cash.
- Home improvement scams often involve someone posing as a repair person who offers a bargain price on a home repair. These con artists like to intimidate their victims, and the work is shoddy and done with inferior materials. Details on these and other crime prevention tips are available online.
The public's assistance is always essential in keeping communities safe. Criminals count on not being noticed or seen by people who do not report their suspicious activities. Help make your community an uncomfortable place for any criminal. If you notice suspicious activity, get a description of the subjects and vehicles, if possible, and report it to 911 immediately.
Additionally, the Pikesville Precinct Community Outreach Team offers free residential security surveys. If you are interested in having a uniformed officer come to your home to provide security tips, call the precinct at 410-887-6775.
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.
Blotter and Crime Trends
Around 3:20 p.m., three suspects entered the store, one suspect displayed a gun and they took cash and electronics.Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:20:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct4/November22Robbery8000BlockofLibertyRoad21244
Around 3 p.m., two unknown suspects entered the store, displayed a gun and demanded money.Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:06:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct4/November22Robbery7000BlockofLibertyRoad21207
Sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m., unknown suspect entered the apartment and took electronics.Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:00:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/Precincts/Precinct4/November17FirstDegreeBurglary100BlockofSunmarCourt21207
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 22-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 Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.
Revised November 3, 2015