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Date: Aug 10, 2018

Baltimore County Police are investigating a number of graffiti incidents that happened overnight in the Pikesville precinct as a bias incident.

At least fifteen vehicles in the 3700 block of Sylvan Drive and the 3600 block of Lochearn Drive were spray painted with black paint, some with obscenities and some with images of swastikas. One resident's storm door was also spray painted, as well as the brick face of another resident's home.

Based on residential surveillance images police believe the suspect was in the area from approximately 11:30 p.m. through 12:30 a.m. The only images obtained by police thus far depict the suspect as a person in dark pants and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt carrying a book bag.

Anyone in the area having similar damage who was not previously contacted by police this morning should call 9-1-1 to report the destruction. Anyone who may have surveillance images of the incident or any information is also asked to contact police at the Pikesville Precinct by calling 410-887-1279.

Over the last few months a number of people in the county have received emails that threaten to expose the recipient for bogus internet usage.

Here’s how it works. In an email, the criminal tells the victim that he or she knows a lot about the victim. The criminal says malware, like a RAT (Remote Access Tool), was setup on the victim’s computer and has used the victim’s webcam to film the target watching adult video clips (porn), and has proof that the victim visited these sites.

The extortionist claims that he or she has hacked your account. The hacker is counting on you to believe him or her because hacking is widespread. In some instances, they even posted a partial password that you may have used. Often times these are from old hacks that had your email associated with the account the password came from.

Upon reading this, notice the grammar and the language used, it often has mistakes because these scammers are not from the US. Like so many scams, it is most likely a foreign actor preying on unsuspecting victims.

Let’s be clear, you know where you’ve been on the internet. The scammer claims to have you on video watching various sites. Some victims who have received this email don’t have video cams on their computers. That would be your first clue that this is bogus. Even if you do have a camera, you know where you have visited, and, by the way, cover the camera when not using it.

The criminal goes on to threaten the victim with exposure on social network sites, those on your email list, and any other contact list you may use. The scammer “suggests” you pay him or her in cash or Bitcoin (a digital form of currency) to stop the video from going out. The scammer claims to have made copies of the “video.”

These scare tactics are just that. This is extortion and the criminal is hoping that you will panic, though you’ve done nothing wrong, and pay the demand. Remember, the Internet is like the Wild West and you could be getting a message from someone next door or halfway around the world.

Don’t pay the demand! Don’t follow up with this hacker. If you’ve received one of these and did not lose money, report it to IC3.gov or if you have sent money, call 410-887-2222 to make a report if you live in Baltimore County.

Baltimore County Police are continuing to investigate an overnight fatal crash on Philadelphia Road in the White Marsh Precinct this morning.

Around 2:18 a.m. a maroon Honda Accord traveling north on Philadelphia Road near Mayflower Road inexplicably veered across the oncoming traffic lane and struck a silver Mazda 6 that was stopped on the shoulder and the driver, who was standing outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The pedestrian was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma where he was later pronounced deceased. He is identified as Christopher Allen Curtis (21) of the 8500 block of Upton Circle, 21237. The driver of the Honda was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Members of the Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team are continuing to determine what causative factors are involved in this fatal crash.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017