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Keyword: theft from auto

During the winter months it is common practice by some people to warm up their car by starting it and then leaving it running in the driveway or parked on the street while they go back inside their home. This is also a common practice during the hot summer months to cool the car down before getting in and driving away. Unfortunately, this is also the most common way for an opportunistic criminal to steal a vehicle.

Here are some easy prevention tips to remember that will help you keep your car, your home, and your possessions safe from opportunistic criminals:

  • Keep your vehicle doors locked
  • Never leave anything valuable in plain view
  • Do not leave backpacks, bags, valuables, or bundles of clothing inside a car overnight
  • Never leave the keys to the car inside the vehicle
  • Never store keys to another vehicle or your home inside your car
  • Store vehicle keys on a hook in a cupboard or closet so that they are out of sight
  • Never leave valuables in front of a window (open or closed) where they can be easily seen
  • Close window blinds and drapes at night and when away from your home
  • Keep doors and windows locked, even when home or out in the yard
  • Use security bars in sliding-glass doors and in windows

Make it a habit to look out your windows if you wake up during the night, and even routinely during the day. Report any suspicious activity or people that you see in your neighborhood by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

For more information on things you can do to keep yourself, your home, and your possessions safe, check out these Safety Tips and Guidelines on our blog.

Baltimore County Police have charged a Catonsville man in connection with vehicle theft and numerous thefts from autos.

On February 12 at 6:03 a.m., Baltimore County Police took an auto theft report in the 4800 block of Carmella Drive in Halethorpe. The victim reported that someone had taken her beige 2004 Volkswagen Jetta. Next to where her vehicle had been was a Jeep Cherokee. When officers checked the Jeep Cherokee, they discovered that the steering column was covered by a scarf and the ignition was destroyed. A records check on the vehicle revealed that it had been reported stolen in Baltimore City on February 10.

At 6:56 a.m., police responded to the 5000 block of Gateway Terrace in Halethorpe in reference to a theft report. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that a total of 28 vehicles in that area had their windows broken. Property was taken from some of those vehicles.

Officers later located the Volkswagen Jetta and observed a male suspect getting in it and driving away. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was taken into custody. Investigation has determined that the person taken into custody was responsible for the theft of the Jeep Cherokee from Baltimore City, theft of the Volkswagen Jetta, and the damage to and thefts from vehicles in the area of Carmella Drive.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old John Henry Quick II of Catonsville. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Revised June 27, 2017