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Date: Dec 10, 2018

Just before 4 p.m. on December 10, 2018, a Baltimore County Police patrol officer observed a 2014 black Honda Accord which had been reported stolen in Baltimore County on December 7, 2018. The officer and stolen vehicle were in the area of Highfalcon Road and Meriam Court, 21117.

The officer stopped the Honda and started to get out of his police car to approach the suspects. As the officer exited his car, the driver inside the stolen car accelerated and fled the area. The officer pursued the stolen car but ended the pursuit within a short period of time, while on Highfalcon Road. The driver of the stolen car continued to flee the area after police ended the pursuit. At Highfalcon and Candytuft Road, the stolen Honda struck an unoccupied 2004 Ford truck and continued into a tree in the 300-block of Highfalcon Road.

One of the occupants inside the stolen vehicle, Taiwan X. Linton, 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The juvenile driver and two other juvenile occupants inside the stolen Honda were injured and transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Police are continuing their investigation into the motor vehicle theft and subsequent crash. No further information at this time.

Scammers are targeting registrants from the public sex offender list in a new scam involving requests for gift cards and other types of payments.

Law enforcement agencies in multiple states have recently encountered incidents in which these scammers are calling registered sex offenders, posing as law enforcement officers, and advising them that they are negligent in their legal requirements in some way or have missed a scheduled court date. The caller may provide a callback number and voicemail that sounds like it belongs to local law enforcement.  The caller tells the registered offender that they must purchase gift cards or send payment to the sender to avoid arrest or possible criminal charges. 

It is important for all residents to know that no police agency, including Baltimore County Police Department, will ever solicit any person for any type of payment to avoid arrest or any type of criminal enforcement action. All calls requesting payment in the form of gift cards, specifically, are scams.

The best response you can have is to simply hang up on the caller. Should you fall victim to this scam, immediately report it to the police by calling the non-emergency police telephone number 410-887-2222 or simply dial 9-1-1.

For additional information on other popular telephone scams check out the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information page on phone fraud.

Revised June 27, 2017