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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.

Over 280,000 intentional fires are set each year, resulting in more than 400 deaths. Vehicle arson represents 7% of total fires and 14% of direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Vehicle arson is directly responsible for $180 million in property damage every year. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that an intentional vehicle fire is one of the most common forms of automobile insurance fraud.

Vehicle arson can quickly spread to other property, causing thousands of dollars in damages. This escalation may also put your family or neighbors at risk for injury.

There are precautions that you can take to reduce the likelihood of vehicle arson and its impact. Here are some suggestions from the U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA:

  • Always lock all car doors when you leave the vehicle, and be sure the tailgate is securely closed.
  • Close all windows and remove the key from the ignition. Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area. Two-thirds of intentionally set vehicle fires occur under the cover of darkness. If you are in a parking lot, look for a space close to a street lamp. If you are in a parking garage, look for a space close to an attendant booth or with a direct line of sight to the street.
  • When parking at home, keep your car in the garage if possible. If you park in the driveway or on the street, make sure there is adequate light. Installing bright exterior lights will not only safeguard your vehicle but also provide added protection for your home. Motion-activated lights are another simple way to deter criminals.
  • Use antitheft devices such as a car alarm or steering wheel lock. This will make it more difficult for a potential arsonist to enter or move your vehicle.
  • Install a vehicle recovery system such as GPS or Lojack. Quick recovery reduces the chance that a stolen vehicle will sustain damage.
  • Abandoned vehicles are a prime target for arsonists. If you see an abandoned car in your neighborhood, report it to the police.
  • If you see a vehicle fire, retreat to a safe distance before calling 911. Do not attempt to return to the vehicle to retrieve other items.
  • Do not open the hood or trunk if you suspect a fire under it, as the additional air may cause the fire to grow suddenly. A fire extinguisher approved for class B or class C fires may be used on a vehicle fire, but only from a safe distance with a clear path of escape.

A Neighborhood Watch group and frequent communication with Police and Fire will send a message to arsonists that they are not welcome in your neighborhood.

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