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Precinct 11 - Essex

Precinct 11 - Essex

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Date: Apr 2020
At 9:45 p.m., an unknown suspect, armed with a handgun, entered Domino's Pizza, then forced the victim/employee to open the safe. The suspect took the money and fled.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., the unknown suspect entered the victim's residence through a locked rear sliding door. The suspect stole a dirt bike that was in the dining room. 
At 7:33 p.m., the unknown suspect armed with a handgun, entered Dollar General and demanded money from the safe. After taking the money the suspect left.
At 1:25 a.m., three unknown suspects pried open the entry door to the storage unit and damaged the garage door. Two ATVs were stolen.
At 12:30 a.m., the unknown suspect armed with a gun, robbed the pizza delivery driver of his money, cellphone and food.

Even during a pandemic, criminals will steal items from your vehicle or steal the car entirely if you give them the opportunity. Don't let your guard down while following the order to stay at home.

Keeping your valuables safe is easy. Follow these simple tips to avoid being a victim.

  • Lock the vehicle! Criminals are opportunists. It's easy for them to walk down the street and jiggle car handles until one opens.
  • Remove items from plain view to reduce someone's desire to break into it. Bring your laptop, wallet, loose change and other valuables inside your home.
  • Bring spare keys inside. If your house keys are on the same ring as your car key, you could make it easy for a criminal to break into your home, as well.
  • Store the garage door opener out of sight. If left in an open vehicle, a burglar could use it to access the garage and steal power tools, bikes and other valuables. If you have an attached garage, you could be giving a thief an open invitation to enter that, as well.
  • Keep your windows rolled up when you park your vehicle to prevent someone from simply reaching in to gain access.

Remember to be a good neighbor. If you see anyone who looks suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 with their description for an immediate police response. Suspicious behaviors or information about a possible crime that does not require immediate assistance can be submitted on the Department's iWatch Baltimore County tip reporting system, even anonymously.

Leaving Your Vehicle Running Unattended is Illegal

There might not be as many people visiting the store because of the coronavirus but that doesn't mean it's safe to leave your vehicle running with the keys in the ignition by itself while you dash inside. It not only leaves your car at risk to be stolen, but it is also illegal.

Maryland Annotated Vehicle Code prohibits an operator of a vehicle to leave a vehicle running and unattended unless the operator:

  • is in charge of a motor vehicle that has had the engine started using a remote keyless ignition system and has been operating unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion; or
  • allows a motor vehicle that is locked and on private property, not open to the public, to operate unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion.

It's The Law

Did you know that leaving a vehicle alone with the engine running is against the law? Officers can issue a ticket that is accompanied by a $70 fine and one point against your driving record. Unattended, running vehicles also pose a safety hazard. If the vehicle slips out of gear and causes an accident, you could be issued a ticket with a $110 fine and three points against your driving record.

Make sure your vehicle doors are locked at all times, spare keys are not left in the vehicle and the vehicle is not left running unattended.

At 10:15 p.m., two suspects approached the victim in the alley way behind a church. One suspect displayed a BB gun and both suspects assaulted the victim by pulling at the victim's arms and clothing. The suspects were looking for looking for money in the victim's pockets but failed. The suspects fled the scene and were arrested later.
 
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Revised September 28, 2016