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Date: Feb 3, 2017

An 83-year-old woman was found dead in her Catonsville home early this morning when firefighters and police officers responded to a small kitchen fire.

The victim is Theresa Catherine Skurkey, of the 6100 block of Regent Park Rd., 21228.

Baltimore County Fire crews responded at 1:31 a.m. to the Regent Park Road address for a report of a smell of smoke related to a dwelling fire. Crews from Engine 4 (Catonsville) found the victim in the kitchen; she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An investigation by BCoPD is ongoing, but foul play is not suspected.

Booking photo of David Joseph Finlayson, charged with murdering his mother.A 36-year-old Kingsville man has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother.

David Joseph Finlayson, of the 12000 block of Belair Rd., 21087, is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police were dispatched at 1:41 a.m. today to Finlayson's home, where a 2008 Toyota Avalon had crashed into a fence and they found a woman on the ground nearby, suffering from what appeared to be stabbing injuries.

Shortly after that, police found a man walking nearby and through investigation discovered him to be the victim's son.

The investigation showed that the suspect stabbed his mother, Mary Carol Finlayson, 61, of the 1900 block of Park Beach Dr., Aberdeen, 21001, in her car after she came to his apartment to take him to the hospital for a refill of medication.

Baltimore County Police are seeking to identify two suspects who used deception to steal multiple cell phones from a Wireless Zone store in Dundalk.

Surveillance video from the store, located in the 7800 block of Wise Avenue in Precinct 12, shows the two suspects walking around inside the store wearing baseball caps and bandages on their faces in an attempt to conceal their identities. Exterior surveillance video also captured them fleeing in a black 4-door Mercedez vehicle with what appears to be a an inoperative right side brake light.

 

The two bandaged suspects entered the Wireless Zone store around 4:35 p.m. on December 14. While one distracted the store clerk, the other slipped into a back area of the store and concealed a number of new Apple iPhone and Galaxy cell phones, still in boxes, under his clothing. When confronted by the clerk, the two suspects left the store. The clerk checked the stock room and found the phones were missing, then called police, but the suspects could not be located.

Both suspects appear to be thin males age 20-29. One wore a red hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket with a large Champion brand symbol, dark colored pants and red athletic shoes. He has a black mustache and is wearing bandages on his nose and chin. The other wore a plain black baseball cap, a black jacket, dark pants and white athletic shoes. He had a black mustache and goatee, and wore a bandage on each cheek.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case or the identity of these suspects is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at www.metrocrimestoppers.org. 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.

This case continues to be investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at Precinct 12.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017