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Date: Mar 9, 2016

UPDATE (March 9, 2016  7:25 p.m.):

William Curran Higinbothom has returned home unharmed.

The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared his information.

Original release (March 9, 2016  3:44 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man missing from the Towson area.

William Curran Higinbothom is an 88-year-old Caucasian man, 5’11”, 170 pounds, with gray hair and glasses. He should be wearing a blue and white checkered shirt and khaki pants.

HiginBothom should be operating a blue Chevrolet Sonic with Maryland tags of SVZ580.

Higinbothom was last seen in the Towson area today at 10 a.m. He lives in the 600 block of Chestnut Avenue 21204.

Anyone with information on William Curran HiginBothom is asked to call the Towson Precinct at 410-887-2361 or Communications at 410-307-2020.

Original release (March 9, 2016  8:42 a.m.):

As the weather slowly warms up, the Baltimore County Police Department is warning residents about criminals who use deception to enter homes and steal property.

The suspects are very clever and good at pretending that they are someone that they are not. They will approach their victims and claim that they are from organizations such as Baltimore County, the Water Department, or BGE. They will tell the victim that they need to check something such as water pipes, or need to do some type of inspection. In some cases, the suspects have worn clothing that makes them look authentic such as bright yellow traffic vests and showed identification badges. While one suspect distracts the victim, another suspect will enter the home and steal money, jewelry, and other valuable items.

Baltimore County Police offers the following tips to prevent deception burglaries:

  • Do not allow uninvited repair workers into your home, especially if they want to fix something that you have not noticed is a problem (such as a leaky roof)
  • Do not allow anyone to lead you anywhere in your home or on your property. This can leave other areas of the home unsecure so that a thief can access those areas.
  • If someone claims to be at your home for an inspection, ask for picture identification and contact their company prior to allowing them into your home
  • Keep doors locked when possible to prevent anyone from entering your home while you are outside the house
  • Call 911 immediately if someone attempts to enter your home or you suspect someone is attempting a deception burglary
  • Watch for people offering services in your community and make sure to write down a description of the individuals and their vehicle, including a tag number
  • Older residents and those living alone are often targeted – keep in contact with your neighbors to ensure that they are not victimized
  • Always research companies before hiring them to ensure that they are legitimate companies with a good reputation
  • Report any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity to police immediately

Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit detectives work very hard to solve these crimes, but they need the public’s help. If you have any information on any deception burglaries, please call police at 410-307-2020.

More crime prevention tips are available on our website.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017