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Precinct 3 – Franklin


Captain Michael Balog

Assistant Commander

Lieutenant Doug McManus

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News from the Captain

Lock your car doors. Thieves routinely commute to a residential area and begin pulling on handles to vehicle doors. An unlocked vehicle door is a surefire way to lose important or precious items, including your vehicle.

Additionally, don't give a car thief an opportunity to steal your vehicle by leaving it running unattended. Leaving your vehicle running unattended is also against the law.

Thieves generally do not break windows unless they see something expensive left unattended in your vehicle.

Also, residents should stay alert to certain crime trends that have occurred throughout the County in recent years: deception burglaries and home improvement scams. Be mindful of certain ruses.

  • Deception burglaries occur when suspects, generally working in pairs, approach homeowners at their residence with the intent of gaining entry under a seemingly benevolent role like posing as a legitimate worker from a local gas company, water department, cable company, or as a tree trimmer, paver, county inspector, or government official. One suspect will distract the homeowner while a second suspect will quietly enter the home and search for valuables and cash.
  • Home improvement scams often involve someone posing as a repair person who offers a bargain price on a home repair. These con artists like to intimidate their victims, and the work is shoddy and done with inferior materials.

Details on these and other crime prevention tips are available online.

Report suspicious persons or conditions in your neighborhood by dialing 911. Together, we can make your neighborhood a safer place.


Are you going out of town? Don't leave your home looking unoccupied. Complete a Vacant House Form and email it to the precinct at Officers will then check on your location for any unusual activity while you are away.

If something suspicious does happen at your home, law enforcement will be able to quickly reach you or a local emergency contact from the information provided on the form.

Blotter and Crime Trends

Precinct 3 - Franklin

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  1. December Officer of the Month

    The December Officer of the Month for the Franklin Precinct is awarded to Officer D. Love #5756.

    Officer Love had a few notable cases in December, including the bank robbery of the PNC Bank in Towson that was included in a release on the County Blog, "Suspect Arrested Following Bank Robbery."  Officer Love played a key role in locating the suspect vehicle that brought this bank robber to justice.

    Another notable case that Officer Love worked was a Grand Theft Scheme at Northwest Fine Wine & Spirits on Westminster Pike. Officer Love began an investigation into the theft of alcoholic beverages from the store when he was contacted by the owners who implicated a former employee as responsible for a series of thefts over a 3 year period. His thorough investigation led to the arrest of the suspect, Justin Patrick Principio (41) of the 6200 block of Chinquapin Parkway, 21239, and a confession. A search of the suspect's home yielded the recovery of nearly $2500 in alcoholic beverages still in the store's packaging. The total loss to the business is believed to be near $50,000.

    Officer Love's supervisor describes him as a motivated officer who conducts thorough investigations with attention to the details necessary to ensure the successful clearance and prosecution of his cases. Congratulations on a job well done, Officer Love!

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:42:00 GMT
  2. February 8 to 10: First Degree Burglary, Unit Block of Tollgate Road, 21117

    Sometime between February 8 and 10, unknown suspect entered through a window and took cash, clothing, electronics, a gun and a safe.
    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT
  3. February 7: Attempted First Degree Burglary, 9400 Block of Groveton Circle 21117

    Between 2:50 and 4:45 p.m., an unknown suspect attempted to entered the victim's residence through the front door but failed.
    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:50:00 GMT

View the Local Blotter for the Franklin Precinct for the latest news on crime in your area.

About the Precinct Commander

Captain Michael Balog joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1990 and upon graduating from the Police Academy was assigned to the Wilkens Precinct. As he progressed through the ranks, he was assigned to the 911 Center, the Parkville Precinct, Woodlawn Precinct, White Marsh Precinct, Essex Precinct, the old Garrison Precinct (including the transition to Franklin Precinct) and the Pikesville Precinct. Upon promotion to Captain, he commanded the White Marsh Precinct for eight years before transferring to the Community Services Section. On February 1, Captain Balog returned to the Franklin Precinct to partner with the officers and the community to drive community policing and crime prevention initiatives.   

Captain Balog has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University in Maryland.

Revised February 6, 2018         


Captain Michael Balog.
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606 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
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Main Phone: 410-887-6975
Fax: 410-517-1950

Captain Michael Balog, Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Doug McManus, Assistant Commander

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