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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.

https://youtu.be/u6-NbuqVwa0

https://youtu.be/sKf1V-1Swg0

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: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

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.

Original release (January 14, 2016  3:00 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a series of early morning burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands and Lansdowne areas. Most of the locations burglarized are in the Highland Village Apartments complex. Residents of the homes were home at the time the burglaries occurred.
 
November 6 to November 7: 100 block of Twin Circle Way 21227
Sometime between 11 p.m. on November 6 and 7:29 a.m. on November 7, the suspect gained entry to a home by cutting a screen and unlocking a rear door.  Money was taken from the location.
 
November 7: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way 21227
Sometime between 1 and 8 a.m., the suspect gained entry to a home by prying open a rear window. A jar of coins was taken from the location.
 
November 20: 4300 block of McDowell Lane 21227
At approximately 4:30 a.m., a resident of a home heard a noise from downstairs. When she went downstairs, she observed the suspect leaving through the front door. She then discovered that a purse was missing. The investigation indicated that the suspect got into the home through a front window.
 
November 20: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way 21227 (Attempt)
At 4 a.m., the suspect attempted to gain access to a home by forcing a front window but was not successful.
 
November 22: 100 block of Twin Circle Way 21227 (Attempt)
At 3:53 a.m., the suspect attempted to gain access to a home by prying a front window but was not successful.
 
December 7: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way 21227
At 2:52 a.m., the suspect gained entry to a home by forcing open a front window. When the suspect was confronted by a resident, he struck the resident on the head with a flashlight and ran off. A pair of pants containing key and money was taken from the location.
 
January 2 to January 3, 2016: 4200 block of McDowell Lane 21227
Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on January 2 and 5:30 a.m. on January 3, a suspect gained entry to a home by cutting a rear window screen. The suspect took money and a purse from a room that two people had been sleeping in.
 
January 8: 600 Block of Fifth Avenue 21227

A 3 a.m., a resident of a home woke up to see the suspect looking in her bedroom door. The suspect then ran from the home, taking a purse.
 
Investigators believe that the same person is responsible for these burglaries. Each time, the suspect gains entry to a home by cutting a window screen or forcing a window.
 
Investigators have developed information on the suspect that indicates that he is an African American male, approximately 18 to 25 years-of-age, approximately 5’09” to 5’10”, thin to medium build, with a short choppy hair style.
 
These incidents are under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit.
 
Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
 
The Baltimore County Police Department recommends the following to residents to help them keep their homes safe and secure.

  • Always keep doors and windows closed and locked and double check before going to bed at night that everything is secure.
  • Keep the exterior of your home well-lit at night.
  • If you have an alarm system, keep it armed at night and double check it before going to bed.
  • Report any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity to police immediately.

Baltimore County residents can have home security surveys done free by a Baltimore County Police officer. An officer will come to your home, walk around with you, and give you advice on how you can keep your home safe and secure. Anyone interested in a free home security survey can call the Outreach Team at their local precinct.

 
 

Revised April 6, 2016