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Baltimore County Police are seeking to locate a missing girl. Giselle Melgar, 13, from the 1600-block of Poles Road, 21221, was last seen just before 4:30 p.m. today. Melgar is described as a Hispanic female, 5’5”, 105 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a long sleeve gray sweatshirt, distressed jeans, fury slip-on sandals, with her hair in a bun held by a rainbow hair clip.

If anyone has information concerning Giselle Melgar, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

Baltimore County Police are asking the public for assistance in identifying a burglar who attempted to enter an occupied home in the 1100 block of Arran Road in Towson just after midnight on Friday, October 6. 

The burglar was caught on the homeowner’s surveillance camera entering an exterior sunroom at 12:04 a.m., peeking through the sliding glass door into the kitchen where the resident was walking around.  At 12:06 a.m., the burglar can been seen in the video walking around the sunroom carrying what appears to be a handgun in his right hand, attempting to open the sliding glass door. He quickly leaves when he is spooked by the homeowner’s dog. The burglar left the yard for about 6 minutes before returning through a rear gate at 12:12 a.m., again attempting to open the sliding glass door. This time the dog can be heard frantically barking, and the burglar flees the location through the rear gate. The homeowner then exited the house and followed the dog to the rear gate, where he saw the suspect fleeing through a back alley.

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit is continuing to investigate this incident.

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Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

A 73-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a Monday afternoon apartment fire in Cockeysville.

Theodis Pinchback lived at the apartment in the unit block of Athenry Court, 21093, where the two-alarm fire occurred just after 2 p.m. He was in critical condition when Baltimore County Fire Department EMS crews transported him to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he died a few hours later.

First-arriving fire crews from the Texas Fire Station were dispatched at 2:12 p.m. and found smoke showing and fire in the victim's second-floor apartment.

Firefighters forced entry into the apartment and found the victim in a bedroom.  They evacuated him from the building immediately, and EMS crews provided cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and other treatment before transporting him to the hospital.

The victim's wife, 77, returned home shortly after the fire and was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening medical issues.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators believe the fire was accidental and began in the kitchen.

Some 17 fire units responded to this fire.

Revised June 27, 2017