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Date: Jun 4, 2015

UDPATE (June 4):

Robert McCann, the man charged in connection with a 2011 fire that left his mother deceased, has been returned to Maryland. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Booking Photograph of Robert McCann

Original release (May 29):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with the August 2011 fire in Halethorpe that left a woman deceased. The suspect is the victim’s son.

On August 25, 2011 at 2:41 a.m., Baltimore County Fire and Police personnel responded to a home in the 2200 block of Alletta Avenue 21227 for a report of a fire. When fire personnel arrived on the scene, they found fire and smoke coming from the home.

When police arrived on the scene, they met with 58-year-old Robert McCann, a resident of the home who had been sitting in a vehicle in the driveway. McCann, who had minor burns and soot on his hands, clothing, and face, told them that his mother was still inside the home.

When firefighters searched the home, they found 90-year-old Edna Marie McCann in a bedroom. She was declared deceased at the scene.

The investigation of the fire by the Baltimore County Police Department indicated that Robert McCann had intentionally started the fire. A warrant was obtained for his arrest on May 14 of this year.

Robert McCann moved to Delaware after the fire. The Delaware State Police took him into custody Thursday morning. He is currently in Delaware awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with several thefts.

On October 17, 2014, a woman reported that someone had stolen her credit card and used it at several locations. She suspected that the credit card was taken while she was working at a business in the 8200 block of Town Center Drive 21236.

On November 11, 2014, a woman reported that someone had stolen a credit card from her purse while she was working at a business in the 1400 block of York Road 21093. The credit card was then used at multiple locations.

On March 16 of this year, a woman reported that someone took several hundred dollars and a credit card from her purse while she was working at a business in the 5400 block of Campbell Boulevard 21237. The credit card was then used at multiple locations.

The locations where the stolen credit cards were used included a BJ’s Wholesale Club in White Marsh and a Nordstrom’s in Towson.

Detectives investigating these incidents have identified 55-year-old Rodney Dana Sydnor of the 1500 block of Northwick Road 21218 as the suspect responsible. An arrest warrant has been obtained for Sydnor charging him in connection with the incidents.

Rodney Dana Sydnor is described as a black male, 5'9”, 210 pounds, heavy build, with brown eyes and black hair. He is known to drive a black Cadillac 4 door CTS with Maryland tags of 8BG2357.

These incidents remain under investigation by the Baltimore County Financial and Cyber Crimes Team.

Anyone with information on Rodney Dana Sydnor or anyone who has been the victim of a similar theft while at a business is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting in Catonsville that left a man injured.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that at approximately 5 p.m., the adult male victim had been involved in an argument with three suspects. They went to an alley behind the Unit block of Briarwood Road 21228 to fight. While in the alley, one of the suspects displayed a handgun and demanded property from the victim. The victim was assaulted and received a graze wound to the upper body when the handgun was fired. The suspects then took property from the victim and fled the scene.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries and is expected to survive.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

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Revised June 27, 2017