Original release (January 14, 2016  3:00 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a series of early morning burglaries in the Baltimore Highlands and Lansdowne areas. Most of the locations burglarized are in the Highland Village Apartments complex. Residents of the homes were home at the time the burglaries occurred.
 
November 6 to November 7: 100 block of Twin Circle Way 21227
Sometime between 11 p.m. on November 6 and 7:29 a.m. on November 7, the suspect gained entry to a home by cutting a screen and unlocking a rear door.  Money was taken from the location.
 
November 7: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way 21227
Sometime between 1 and 8 a.m., the suspect gained entry to a home by prying open a rear window. A jar of coins was taken from the location.
 
November 20: 4300 block of McDowell Lane 21227
At approximately 4:30 a.m., a resident of a home heard a noise from downstairs. When she went downstairs, she observed the suspect leaving through the front door. She then discovered that a purse was missing. The investigation indicated that the suspect got into the home through a front window.
 
November 20: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way 21227 (Attempt)
At 4 a.m., the suspect attempted to gain access to a home by forcing a front window but was not successful.
 
November 22: 100 block of Twin Circle Way 21227 (Attempt)
At 3:53 a.m., the suspect attempted to gain access to a home by prying a front window but was not successful.
 
December 7: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way 21227
At 2:52 a.m., the suspect gained entry to a home by forcing open a front window. When the suspect was confronted by a resident, he struck the resident on the head with a flashlight and ran off. A pair of pants containing key and money was taken from the location.
 
January 2 to January 3, 2016: 4200 block of McDowell Lane 21227
Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on January 2 and 5:30 a.m. on January 3, a suspect gained entry to a home by cutting a rear window screen. The suspect took money and a purse from a room that two people had been sleeping in.
 
January 8: 600 Block of Fifth Avenue 21227

A 3 a.m., a resident of a home woke up to see the suspect looking in her bedroom door. The suspect then ran from the home, taking a purse.
 
Investigators believe that the same person is responsible for these burglaries. Each time, the suspect gains entry to a home by cutting a window screen or forcing a window.
 
Investigators have developed information on the suspect that indicates that he is an African American male, approximately 18 to 25 years-of-age, approximately 5’09” to 5’10”, thin to medium build, with a short choppy hair style.
 
These incidents are under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit.
 
Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
 
The Baltimore County Police Department recommends the following to residents to help them keep their homes safe and secure.

  • Always keep doors and windows closed and locked and double check before going to bed at night that everything is secure.
  • Keep the exterior of your home well-lit at night.
  • If you have an alarm system, keep it armed at night and double check it before going to bed.
  • Report any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity to police immediately.

Baltimore County residents can have home security surveys done free by a Baltimore County Police officer. An officer will come to your home, walk around with you, and give you advice on how you can keep your home safe and secure. Anyone interested in a free home security survey can call the Outreach Team at their local precinct.