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  1. Another great example of how we work with our law enforcement partners around th...

    Another great example of how we work with our law enforcement partners around the region.


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    With an assist from Baltimore County Police, detectives were able to catch two bad, guys, red handed, stealing catalytic converters. We work to hard to have these bad guys stealing parts from our cars. The attached picture, courtesy of our Metal Theft Unit, shows where the catalytic converter used to be and the picture of the removed catalytic converter. Give our friends in Baltimore County a Like and then another Like for our patrol officers and Metal Theft Unit who busted these two bad guys! Northern District Catalytic Converter Theft Arrests Linthicum On October 29, 2014 at 1:10 p.m., two detectives from the Baltimore County Police Department were exiting Interstate 695 onto Hammonds Ferry Rd in Linthicum as they were on their way to conduct an interview in reference to an investigation that was unrelated to this incident. The detectives observed a maroon Dodge four door sedan, which was stopped in front of a Toyota Highlander on the Park and Ride lot, located at 824 Hammonds Ferry Rd. Their attention was drawn to the vehicle due to the recent thefts of catalytic converters from Toyota’s in the area. The detectives observed a subject, later identified as Elijah Russell Kelly, leaning against the passenger side of the Dodge and talking on the phone. As the detectives proceeded on Hammonds Ferry Rd and began to pass the vehicle, they observed another individual, later identified as Dennis Paul Moore Jr., on the ground under the Toyota. It appeared to the detectives that Moore was cutting something from underneath the vehicle. The detectives immediately turned around and noticed that Moore was in possession of a “sawzall” and holding the catalytic converter he had just cut from the Toyota SUV. They identified themselves, detained the suspects and called for assistance from Anne Arundel County Police Department. Officers arrived and charged the suspects with Theft and Malicious Destruction of Property. A catalytic converter is part of a vehicle exhaust system that contains precious metals. Both Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County are currently experiencing thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles, particularly in parking lots. Citizens are asked to be vigilant and call police when they observe suspicious activity. The keen observation and action of these detectives led to the successful arrest of the below listed suspects. Suspect 1: Dennis Paul Moore, 35– 3700 block Saint Victor Street, Baltimore, MD. He was charged with theft $1,000 to $10,000, malicious destruction of property and theft less than $1,000.00, theft less than $100.00 rogue and vagabond. Suspect 2: Elijah Russell Kelly, 34 – 100 block New Jersey Ave., Glen Burnie, MD. He was charged with theft $1,000 to $10,000, malicious destruction of property and rogue and vagabond.
    2014-10-30T21:43:44+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/879299645413501
  2. #BCoPD detectives are investigating deception burglaries committed against some...

    #BCoPD detectives are investigating deception burglaries committed against some of the most vulnerable members of our communities: the elderly.

    Tips to prevent deception burglaries are available on our news blog: http://ow.ly/DAyHT ^JH


    Police Warning Residents to Beware of Deception Burglaries
    www.baltimorecountymd.gov
    Since early April, more than 20 elderly county residents have fallen victim to deception burglaries.
    2014-10-30T21:32:50+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/879296205413845
  3. Today #BCoFD personnel were busy with rescue training at the Fire-Rescue Academy...

    Today #BCoFD personnel were busy with rescue training at the Fire-Rescue Academy in Sparrows Point. Being ready for emergencies requires constant training!


    2014-10-30T21:21:35+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/879292578747541
  4. Baltimore County Police continue to investigate Wednesday night shooting in Nort...

    Baltimore County Police continue to investigate Wednesday night shooting in North Point Village that left one man deceased: http://ow.ly/DzfVq


    Wednesday Night Shooting in North Point Village Leaves Man Deceased
    www.baltimorecountymd.gov
    This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Detectives will be working to determine if this was a targeted crime.
    2014-10-30T15:19:32+01:00http://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyPoliceandFire/posts/879140758762723

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Photo of Nicholas Michael Ishmael, a BCoPD civilian employee charged with theft from evidence room. Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged a BCoPD civilian employee with stealing drugs and money from the BCoPD evidence room at the Public Safety Building in Towson.

Nicholas Michael Ishmael, 20, of the 7900 block of Westmoreland Avenue, 21234, was arrested yesterday at BCoPD headquarters and has been charged with 10 counts, including conspiracy to commit theft from $10,000 to $100,000; theft from $10,000 to $100,000; possession of narcotics; and possession with intent to distribute narcotics. Ishmael, a cadet, was released today from the Baltimore County Detention Center, where he had been held on $650,000 bail.

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said at a press briefing this afternoon that he ordered an audit of all 182,400 pieces of evidence in the evidence room as soon as he learned that the evidence room may have been compromised. He also ordered a review of all policies and procedures pertaining to the evidence room.

Over the past few weeks, officers – Executive Corps commanders, Internal Affairs officers, Criminal Investigation Division officers, Narcotics detectives and others – have spent thousands of hours, sometimes working around the clock, on the evidence room case.

At this point, Chief Johnson said, the investigation shows that the theft of items from the evidence room is the work of one individual – Nicholas Ishmael. Ishmael was served with termination papers today.

“This is a serious internal issue,” Chief Johnson said. “To say that I am deeply troubled by this serious breach is an understatement. Our citizens depend on this agency to solve crimes and make sure that criminals are successfully prosecuted, and I want them to know that we have devoted and will continue to devote all possible resources to investigating this situation.

Also, Chief Johnson said he is “disappointed that the conduct of one employee could reflect badly on this agency and the 2,500 BCoPD officers and civilians who work with integrity every single day.”

The Investigation and Audit

BCoPD became aware of a problem in its evidence room in early April, when a Homicide Unit detective tried to retrieve drug evidence for a case that was being tried in Circuit Court. When the drugs could not be found, the Chief’s office was notified, and Chief Johnson immediately ordered an internal investigation and comprehensive audit. The audit is supervised by Colonel Joseph Burris. The internal investigation remains ongoing.

The internal investigation led detectives to Ishmael. At that point, the Narcotics Section joined Internal Affairs in a weeks-long criminal investigation that included surveillance of the evidence room and of Ishmael and two family members. Two of Ishmael’s cousins also face drug charges.

The ongoing criminal investigation shows that Ishmael stole cocaine, morphine, Oxycodone and Alprazolam with a street value estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars. Detectives also found $40,000 in cash, stolen Tuesday and in Ishmael’s possession when he was arrested. The evidence was stolen from 15 narcotics cases, including one homicide case. (The homicide is the November 25, 2012 shooting of Alsawab Sawab in Towson.)

There may be additional charges against Ishmael.

Police do not believe that other cadets or officers were involved with Ishmael in the thefts, nor is there any indication of any technological or procedural failures in the evidence room. “We are confident that responsibility for this breach rests with one civilian employee,” Chief Johnson said.

BCoPD’s exhaustive audit began shortly after the first theft was discovered and has involved thousands of hours of investigation. Just in the past 24 hours, officers have examined 8,000 cases. All but four of those cases – which involve $450 in cash unaccounted for – have been reconciled. There is no evidence at this time that Ishmael is involved in those cases, but the investigation continues.

An additional 19,000 cases still must be audited.

About BCoPD Evidence Management

The Evidence Management Unit is responsible for the safekeeping, proper storage, records management and disposal of all property and evidence delivered to the Unit.

Staffing of the unit includes a lieutenant, a sergeant, a corporal, three officers and three cadets.

The evidence on hand includes 182,400 items, including 21,700 pieces of drug evidence, 4,500 guns and 2,750 money cases. All evidence is tracked through an electronic bar code system, a system that was instrumental in helping detectives link Ishmael to the thefts.

A quality control team conducts random, unannounced sampling audits. In addition, evidence room supervisors conduct unannounced monthly audits throughout the year. Based on the fact that these audits did not reveal any problems, as well as the fact that hundreds of cases are pulled each week for court use or disposal, police do not believe that Ishmael’s stealing began in August, when he was assigned to the evidence room.

About the Cadet Program

Cadets are civilian employees, ages 18 to 21. They often (but not always) use the position as a path toward a career in policing. Chief Johnson began his career as a cadet.

BCoPD currently employs about 40 cadets, assigned to entry-level tasks throughout the agency. They are subject to the same background checks as sworn officers, as well initial and random drug testing and a polygraph and a psychological examination. Ishmael’s background check was “uneventful,” Chief Johnson said.

Cadets have been employed in the evidence room for decades. Chief Johnson said this is the first case involving a cadet stealing evidence from the BCoPD evidence room.

Cadets assigned to the evidence room are responsible for retrieving evidence from what essentially is a large warehouse for officers and detectives when they need it; the cadets also return evidence to its proper place in the evidence room when detectives and officers return it.

Nonetheless, Chief Johnson said that all evidence room procedures, policies and equipment will be closely reviewed as a result of the Ishmael case.

The deadline to submit an application for an officer or cadet position with the Baltimore County Police Department is next Friday, May 2. Applications will be accepted online only. Interested individuals can go to www.joinbaltimorecountypd.com or www.baltimorecountymd.gov to apply.

  • Candidates for police cadet must be between 17 ½ and 20 ½ years old.
  • Candidates for police officer have to be 21 years old by graduation from the academy.

The last information session for the cadet position will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at Baltimore County Police Headquarters ( 700 E Joppa Rd 21286 ). Space is limited for this information session, so you must register online at www.joinbaltimorecountypd.com.

Anyone with questions can call the Baltimore County Police Recruitment Unit at 410-887-5542.

At 3:01 Baltimore County 911 center received a call for an apartment fire at 37 Tentmill Lane, Pikesville Maryland.

Crews arrived to find fire in a second floor apartment and were faced with multiple residents still in the apartments. Fire crews and Baltimore County Police assisted in extricating and rescuing multiple residents.

Two  residents were transported to Northwest Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The fire involved 4 units and displaced about 20 residents. Red Cross is on scene assisting with the displaced residents.

The cold weather and icing conditions complicated fire department operations, and salt trucks assisted on scene. The cause and origin are under investigation. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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