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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

On Wednesday, April 22, the Baltimore County Police Department is activating a new speed camera in a school zone.

The new speed camera will be on Charmuth Road in front of Hampton Elementary School. For the first 30 days motorists exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive warnings rather than citations.

In compliance with state law, Baltimore County's speed cameras operate Monday through Friday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., including during the summer months and on weekdays when school is not in session.

Further information on the use of speed cameras in Baltimore County can be found on our website:
http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/police/speedcameras/

UPDATE (April 21):

The body of Nicole Marie Torain has was located early Monday afternoon at the Wheelabrator trash incineration facility in Baltimore.

Her body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The Baltimore Police Department Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into Torain’s death.

Original release (April 20):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Dundalk woman.

Nicole Marie Torain is a 34-year-old black female, 5’05”, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and hair. She should be wearing a gray sports jacket, pink sweat pants, blue sneakers, and be carrying a pink and black purse.

Torain should also be operating a black 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with Maryland tags 6BN1266. The vehicle has an M&T Bank Baltimore Ravens sticker on the rear.

Torain was last seen on April 18 at 3 p.m. in the 3500 block of Elmley Avenue 21213. She resides in the 700 block of Peach Orchard Lane 21222. She has never gone missing before and police are concerned for her safety.

The search for Nicole Marie Torain is being led by the Baltimore County Police Missing Persons Unit.

Anyone with information on Nicole Marie Torain is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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