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Keyword: burglary

Original release (July 5, 2016  5:14 p.m.):

Officers at the Wilkens precinct are investigating extensive vandalism that occurred last week at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue.

Police are investigating this as a possible bias related crime because of information provided by the pastor that she believes the church has been victimized before because of its open acceptance of gays and lesbians. The church flies a gay unity flag on its doorstep. Police responded to a previous incident involving theft of this unity flag.

Officers responded to the church at about 9:40 a.m. June 30. The pastor told them that someone had broken into the church over night and ransacked it. Police found smashed windows, file cabinets opened and furniture and other items broken and strewn about. A fire extinguisher had been used to spray throughout the church, damaging many items including church pew cushions.

In the music room, various inflammatory phrases were written on a dry erase board. These included, "666," "Hail Satan," WTF is Jezus?" and "Death 2 All."

Police believe the crime occurred some time between 7:30 p.m. on June 29 and 9:40 a.m. on June 30.

This is an open investigation. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about this crime should call BCoPD at 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (May 17, 2016  10:49 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with the burglary of a Family Dollar store in Essex on April 28.

Samuel Phillip Lewis III (45) of the 12100 block of Eastern Avenue 21220 has been charged with second-degree burglary, theft less than $100, and destruction of property. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $25,000 bail.

After a previous media release about this case, tips came in that led to the identification and capture of the suspect.

Booking Photograph of Samual Phillip Lewis III

Original release (May 10, 2016  8:33 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police need the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect who broke into a store in Essex.

On April 28 at 1:55 a.m., the suspect gained entry to the Family Dollar Store in the 300 block of Eastern Boulevard 21221 by breaking the door glass with a rock. The suspect then took food, candy, and cigars from the store.

Pictures of the suspect were captured on the store’s video surveillance system.

The incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Video clips from the store's video surveillance system are available on our YouTube page.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

You can remain anonymous.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip:

Original release (March 18, 2016  12:03 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating after a man shot a suspect who broke into his home.
At 2:26 a.m., police responded to the 2300 block of Harford Hills Road 21234 for a shots fired call. When officers arrived on the scene, they met with a man who told them that he just shot an intruder.
The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the man was at home when the suspect kicked in his front door and stated “I’m in your house. I’m coming to get you”. The man then armed himself with a handgun in and closed the door to the room he was in. The suspect kicked in the door to the room, and the man, fearing for his life, shot the suspect multiple times and fled from the home.
Officers located the suspect in the man's home and he was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The suspect faces charges in connection with this incident but has not been officially charged yet. The actions of the victim will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office when the police investigation is complete.
The incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Violent Crimes Unit.


Revised June 28, 2016