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Photo of Vincent Davis Jr., charged with all 10 burglaries in Towson.

Update (May 16):

Baltimore County Police are looking for persons who may be victims of crimes involving Vincent Davis Jr.
 
On May 2, police charged 43-year-old Vincent Davis Jr. of the 1400 block of Taylor Avenue in Parkville in connection with 10 burglaries in the Towson area. Many of the burglary victims were female Towson University students. Investigators believe that he was targeting young females as his victims.
 
As part of their investigation, detectives served a search and seizure warrant on Vincent Davis Jr.‘s Parkville home. Among the evidence recovered were personal items belonging to the female victims. The amount of property recovered is leading investigators to believe that some of the property is from unidentified or unreported incidents. Investigators believe that the time frame for the incidents may stretch as far back as 2010.
 
Vincent Davis Jr. has also been charged with a sex offense that occurred in the 1200 block of Taylor Avenue in 2013. In that incident, the investigation indicated that he forced a woman into the woods and sexually assaulted her. The victim in that case was able to break free from him and run.
 
Vincent Davis Jr. is a registered sex offender.
 
Detectives are looking to identify additional victims of burglary, theft, or sexual offenses involving Vincent Davis Jr.
 
Anyone with information or someone who thinks they might be a victim is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Update, May 5, 2014: Vincent Davis Jr., 43, of the 1400 block of Taylor Avenue, 21234, has been charged with all 10 of these Precinct 6/Towson burglaries. Davis was arrested Friday by BCoPD detectives. He faces nine counts of first degree burglary and one count of attempted first-degree burglary. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Original release:

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating a recent series of 10 burglaries in off-campus apartments that serve Towson University students.

The victims of these burglaries almost exclusively have been female. Most of the crimes have been committed during the nighttime hours, and in most cases the suspect has gained access through unlocked doors or windows.

Police strongly advise TU students, especially women, who live off campus to secure their doors and windows and report suspicious activity to police by calling 911.

Also make sure not to communicate to others via social media that you are not at home. Criminals may be watching.

Students Advised to Be Aware

The Burglary Unit’s investigation is active and ongoing; BCoPD has requested that Towson University Police make students aware of the situation.

There is no suspect description at this time, though detectives are pursuing various leads. Stolen items include jewelry, cash, medications and personal items.

The burglaries occurred on the following dates and at the following locations.

  • April 4: 1000 block Donnington Circle
  • April 5: 1000 block Donnington Circle
  • April 5-6: 1100 block Donnington Circle
  • April 8: 1100 block Donnington Circle
  • April 12: 1000 block Charles View Way
  • April 14: 1000 block Charles View Way
  • April 18-19: 7700 block of Greenview Terrace
  • April 18-21: 7700 block of Greenview Terrace
  • April 26-27: unit block of Fellowship Court
  • April 26-27: 200 block of Donnybrook Lane

Contact Police

Again, police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for these burglaries. Contact 410-307-2020 if you believe you can help.

On Thursday evening at 6:53 p.m., Baltimore County Fire Department units were dispatched to 1004 Wilson Point road, Middle River, for the report of an apartment fire.

Prior to the Fire Department's arrival, there were reports from a helicopter that there was a lot of smoke coming from the apartment building. The first units, from the Middle River Volunteer Fire Company, arrived at 6:56 p.m. and found fire showing from the first floor apartment located at 1004 Wilson Point road, with possible extension and people trapped on the second floor. A second alarm was requested at this time. The residents of the second floor apartment were able to self evacuate the apartment complex without the assistance from the fire department.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in the first floor apartment quickly, containing it to that apartment; there was no extension into the second-floor apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters on the scene.

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