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Keyword: burglary

Baltimore County Police have charged a Dundalk man in connection with multiple burglaries in the Dundalk area. In each case, scrap metal was removed from the target home.

James Lee Fox (22) of the 7800 Block of Saint Claire Lane 21222 faces 53 charges that include first degree burglary, theft, and destruction of property. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $150,000 bail.

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Scrap Metals Team had identified a trend in the North Point Village area of Dundalk in which copper piping or wiring was taken during burglaries of homes.

They identified Fox as a suspect when they matched metal he had scrapped to items that had been taken from a home in the 7900 block of Saint Gregory Drive 21222. The burglary had occurred between April 10 and 16. They also discovered that he did not have a license to scrap metal in Maryland.

On April 21, detectives served a search and seizure warrant on Fox’s Saint Clair Lane home. Recovered during the warrant service were tools that included a copper pipe cutter. Fox was present when the warrant was served and was taken into custody.

Detectives also found that the method of operation in the Saint Gregory Drive burglary was similar to the method of operation in the following burglaries:

  • 7800 block of Saint Claire Lane 21222 between February 13 and 14
  • 7900 block of Saint Claire Lane 21222 between February 21 and March 2
  • 7900 block of Saint Gregory Drive 21222 between March 19 and 20
  • 7900 block of Saint Monica Drive 21222 between March 21 and 30
  • 7900 block of Saint Bridget Lane 21222 between March 20 and 23
  • 7900 block of Saint Bridget lane 21222 on April 1
  • 7800 block of Saint Gregory Drive 21222 between April 6 and 9
  • 7800 block of Saint Fabian Lane 21222 between April 10 and 16
  • 7800 block of Saint Fabian Lane 21222 between April 16 and 17
  • 7800 block of Saint Gregory Drive 21222 between April 18 and 20
  • 7800 block of Saint Gregory Drive 21222 between April 19 and 20
  • 7900 block of Saint Gregory Drive 21222 between April 19 and 20

The investigation indicated that Fox sold scrap metal within a day of all of the burglaries.

Booking Photograph of James Lee Fox

Baltimore County Police are looking for information about the recent theft of the historic wrought iron gates at the entrance of Battle Acre Park in the 3100 block of North Point Road, Precinct 12/North Point.

Police responded at about noon today to the park for a report of a theft. The project manager for restoration of the park told police that the two gates for the park entrance were inside the property on June 25 - the last time he was at the park. A contractor discovered the gates missing on June 30.

The gates are worth $2000 each and are 100 years old. The thieves only took the smaller pedestrian gates and not the larger gates.

Neighbors interviewed by police said they did not see anyone taking the gates.

Officers have provided local scrap metal firms with a photo of the gates and asked them to notify police if the gates are found.

Battle Acre park is part of the field on which the Battle of Northpoint was fought in 1814. This was the day before the Battle of Baltimore during which the Star Spangled Banner was written. The land was deeded to the State of Maryland in 1839. The fences and gates were added in 1914.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact police at 410-307-2020.

Picture of the front gates at Battle Acre Park before the restoration began in April 2014.
The two outside gates were taken. The two larger gates in the center were left behind.

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.

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