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Date: Apr 17, 2018

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating an endangered missing adult from the Rosedale area.

photograph of missing man, William Sparrow Jr.William Sparrow, Jr. (23) of the 6800 block of Fordcrest Road, 21237, left his home just before 9 a.m. after making statements to his mother that have caused her to be concerned for his welfare. He is driving a white 2003 Hyundai Elantra with Maryland registration '8DE6333'. Calls to his cellphone have gone unanswered and the phone now appears to be turned off.

William Sparrow is approximately 6'0, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at the White Marsh Precinct at 410-887-5000 or by simply calling 9-1-1.

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate a fatal crash that occurred Sunday evening on Paper Mill Road.

A Chevrolet Tahoe traveling east on Paper Mill Road just past Poplar Hill Road around 6:10 p.m. crashed when it suddenly left the roadway, striking a tree. Baltimore County Police and EMS responded to the scene, where they removed the driver from the vehicle and began life saving efforts. He was transported to Sinai Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The driver is identified as Hugh Thomas Brown (57) of the 3600 block of Galloway Road in Bowleys Quarters, 21220. Police determined he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

This crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team.

Baltimore County Police have cleared fifteen shoplifting incidents at home improvement stores involving an organized crew of criminals, and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two more of the suspects.

The two suspects pictured above are associated with this shoplifting crew and were caught on surveillance camera taking tools from a Home Depot store in western Baltimore County. Detectives are now asking for the public's assistance in identifying these men.

The suspects involved in this shoplifting crew have stolen in excess of $100,000 worth of tools, usually Dewalt or Milwaukee tool kits like those seen pictured above. While detectives have cleared fifteen cases from Baltimore County, there are at least forty documented cases involving this group of suspects spanning throughout Maryland and in Deleware.

The suspects typically enter the stores, most commonly Home Depot or Lowes, in groups of 2 - 4 people and walk straight to the tool corral area, take easily carried tool kits, then walk together directly out of the store. Detectives have identified and charged three members of this shoplifting crew:

  • Eric Sebastian Cooke (50) of the 500 block of South Longwood Street in Baltimore City, 21223
  • Danielle Victoria McCory (29) of the 2600 block of Harlem Avenue in Baltimore City, 21216
  • Spencer Whitridge Thomas (47) of the 2700 block of Harlem Avenue in Baltimore City, 21216

Anyone who recognizes the two unidentified suspects or has any information on these crimes or additional suspects can contact police at 410-307-2020. These crimes remain under investigation by members of the Wilkens Precinct Investigative Services Unit.

Reward Offered

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.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

Web tip:

Revised June 27, 2017