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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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The FBI has issued a warrant for Timothy Virts' arrest for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

This warrant is in addition to the warrant for Virts' arrest on first-degree murder charges, issued this morning by Baltimore County Police.

The FBI's warrant gives federal authorities the ability to arrest Virts anywhere in the United States.

A copy of the FBI's "wanted" poster for Virts is available on the FBI Baltimore Division web site.

Timothy Virts is suspected of killing Bobbie Jo Cortez yesterday in her home in Dundalk and fleeing with their 11-year-old daughter, Caitlyn. See earlier blog posts for details.

With assistance from the FBI, the Baltimore County Police Department's search for Caitlyn Virts and her father, Timothy Virts, broadened today to a nationwide search. Timothy and Caitlyn Virts have been missing since yesterday morning.

Updated Vehicle Description

Because Timothy Virts -- wanted on a warrant for the first-degree murder for Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez -- has not been located in Maryland, police believe he may have left the state. BCoPD believe Virts may be armed and that he is dangerous. If you see him or the vehicle he is believed to be driving -- a black, 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland tag #5AJ4458 -- call 911 immediately.

Police have provided a more detailed description of the Durango. The vehicle has the following stickers affixed to its rear:

  • Upper right -- a Redskins sticker
  • Upper left -- a Ravens sticker
  • Middle left -- a Zombie stick family sticker
  • Right bumper -- a bumper sticker that reads, "Protected by Witchcraft"

Homicide Details

Bobbie Jo Cortez was found dead yesterday morning in the bedroom of her home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way, Dundalk. About the same time Mrs. Cortez' body was discovered, occupants of the home also discovered that Caitlyn and Timothy Virtz were missing.

The state Medical Examiner has ruled Mrs. Cortez' death a homicide caused by sharp force injury.

The investigation shows that Mrs. Cortez lived at the Ardee Way home with her three children -- Caitlyn, Caitlyn's twin sister and a son -- and with two adults whose relationships with the victim have not been verified. Also, for the past several weeks Mrs. Cortez allowed Timothy Virts to live at the home.

Since an Amber Alert for Caitlyn Virts was issued yesterday morning, BCoPD has follow up on dozens of tips, none of which have panned out so far. These tips included information that Virts may have connections in West Virginia.

Today, Chief Jim Johnson urged citizens to continue to look out for Timothy and Caitlyn Virts and the Dodge Durango and to report any information as soon as possible.

Johnson said that he has directed all necessary resources to be invested in the search for Caitlyn, who police believe may be in danger since she is not supposed to be with her father. "Her safe return is the priority," he said.

Besides the FBI, the search for Caitlyn involves the U.S. Marshal's Office and law enforcement agencies throughout the region,  including the Maryland State Police.

The Dodge Durango that Virts is believed to be driving is registered to Daniel Williams Cortez, 38. Cortez is the victim's husband. He currently is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on various sex offense charges.

Detectives do not believe that Cortez' criminal history has anything to do with Bobbie Jo Cortez' murder or Caitlyn Virts' abduction. 

Police cannot speculate on a motive for the murder, or why Virts took Caitlyn. Investigators are looking at the family relationships and any history of contact with Baltimore County Government.

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