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Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a burglar in the Precinct 9 Rosedale area.

On Wednesday, June 14, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the suspect attempted to gain access to at least 11 homes in the areas of Van Dyke Road, Whitby Road, Utrecht Rd, and Cynthia Terrace by trying door handles. The suspect was able to gain access to one home on Cynthia Terrace through an unlocked door but doesn’t appear to have taken anything. He broke a window to gain access to a home on Van Dyke Road but was scared off by an alarm, then stole a bicycle from another yard on Van Dyke Road but later abandon it in a yard on Utrecht Road. He was last seen fleeing responding police on Whitby Road.

The suspect is believed to be from that area. He is described as a white male, approximately 6’0”, 170 pounds, with dark shaggy hair and a beard. He was wearing a black t-shirt with some sort of decal on the front and blue cargo shorts. At one point he was also seen wearing a baseball cap. A local surveillance camera was able to capture an image of the suspect.

If you have any information on the identity of this suspect or any additional information in reference to his crimes contact police at 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (June 21, 2017 4 p.m.):

Police have identified the suspect who died while being detained for police after breaking into a vehicle in Halethorpe as 45-year-old Shawn William Dotterweich with no fixed address.

The homicide unit continues to investigate this incident. Autopsy results remain pending.

Original Release (June 18, 2017 11:56 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a death in the Halethorpe area.

Just before 8:30 am, a man was in the parking lot of a business -- the Family Dollar Store -- in the 4300-block of Annapolis Road, 21227, when he saw another man breaking into a car on the lot. The witness walked up to the suspect and confirmed that the suspect was in fact breaking into the car. The witness attempted to hold the suspect and call for police.

The suspect resisted the witness the entire time.

Officers arrived and shortly determined that the suspect was unconscious and not breathing. Medical personnel responded and pronounced the suspect deceased.

Police are investigating this incident as a suspicious death. An autopsy will be performed on the suspect by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Upon conclusion of the Medical Examiner's investigation, detectives will submit their findings to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office for review.

Names of those involved in this incident cannot be released at this time, pending notifications of next of kin.

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through April.

The opening segment focuses on the abuse of opioids, a problem sweeping our nation and causing irreversible harm to the lives of persons who become addicted and their families. Captain Wes Fischer, commander of the Vice Narcotics Section, provides advice to help protect communities against overdose deaths from prescription opioids and heroin.

The topic of the second segment is burglary prevention. Corporal Christine Sisk, of the Burglary Unit, provides helpful tips to protect homes and businesses from unwanted intruders.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

Revised September 27, 2016