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Date: Aug 11, 2020

Burglar Suspect PhotosUPDATE (August 11, 2020 2:12 p.m.):

With the help of the community responding with tips to this media release, Baltimore County Police detectives identified and have charged Arthur Adams (57) of no fixed address in connection with the June 9 burglary of a church in the 900 block of Frederick Road, 21228.  Adams is charged with second degree burglary, theft, and destruction of property.

UPDATE (August 4, 2020 3:36 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police would like to thank the community for responding with tips to this media release which helped lead to the identity of this suspect. His identity will be withheld pending formal charges.

Original Release (July 30, 2020 2:17 p.m.):

Police Seek Identity of Catonsville Church Burglar

On June 9 just after 2:30 a.m. a man burglarized a church in the 900 block of Frederick Road, 21228. The church was closed to the public at the time.

The suspect can be seen on the church's surveillance video looking through windows. He entered the church through an unlocked window. Once inside, he used a tool to open the door of the Pastor's office and stole several items.

Police believe someone will recognize the suspect in this picture. He is described as a black male, approximately 50-60 years old with a gray beard and balding gray hair. He wore a blue short sleeved shirt over a white long sleeved shirt, black jeans and he carried a cane. 

Baltimore County Burglary detectives are investigating this incident. If you recognize this suspect, contact detectives at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip:

Retired Colonel Kim Ward was a pioneering woman in the field of policing, leading the way for a generation of officers who continue to walk in her footsteps.

Retired Colonel Kim WardColonel Ward began her career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1981. When she retired after 33 years of service in 2015, Colonel Ward was the highest ranking female officer in the history of the department, and remains so only to the exception of the appointment of Chief Melissa Hyatt in 2019.

With a deep concern for child victims of crime and the holder of both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Education, in her rank as Corporal and Sergeant at the police training academy, Colonel Ward was instrumental in introducing adult learning theories to police training, and in developing curriculum to teach officers strategies for investigating child abuse cases to ensure successful prosecution while reducing trauma and further victimization to the child.

Colonel Ward was an advocate for minority officers and the unique issues they faced, and was selected by then Chief Behan to serve as a liaison officer for female officers, a position that grew into what is now referred to as the department’s Fair Practices Liaison.

She was also an advocate for advancing positive relationships between the community and police, with special concerns for citizens suffering from a crisis or mental health conditions. She directed the development of continuing education for officers regarding interactions with people experiencing a mental health crisis and brought BCoPD to the forefront of educating its officers in this discipline, which still exists in the curriculum today. She was also instrumental in the creation of the department’s Mobile Crisis Team, just a pilot program back in 2008, but the first in our area to team an officer in the field with a mental health case worker to respond to calls.

Colonel Ward was innovative in leading a program, now called our JOINS program, which partnered officers with case workers from the Department of Juvenile Services to help prevent juvenile crime through the development of intervention programs and divert minor offenders to other resources. In the same effort, Colonel Ward helped to develop our Youth Leadership Academy, aimed at improving character, self-esteem and good citizenship in teens. Under her leadership the Department also developed the Citizens Academy, open to all County residents seeking to build education and understanding between the police and citizens we serve.

During her long career Colonel Ward was a valued member of many organizations including the Board of Directors of Bon Secours Hospital, American Public University Systems, Women’s Law Center and Past President of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Colonel Ward received numerous awards including The Maria G. Pines Lifetime Advocate and Service Award, 1996 Woman of the Year award from the Baltimore County Human Resources Commission and the Professional Excellency Award and Law Enforcement Professional of the Year Award, both from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Colonel Ward died late Thursday night, August 6, after a long, and in typical fashion, tenacious battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer called Ovarian Carcinosarcoma Cancer.

Colonel Ward was a friend and mentor to many, leading by example with tenacity and compassion. She continued her service after retirement by remaining active in community groups, and will be missed by many, department members and citizens alike. The legacy she leaves, however, will continue to live through those whose lives she touched within this Department and the community she served.


Funeral and mass services for retired Colonel Kim Ward will be held privately, but a prayer service and eulogies will be held immediately following, open to the public. Attendees are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing:

Public Prayer Service and Eulogies

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:30 a.m.

Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093


Anyone considering offering a sentiment is asked, In lieu of flowers, to consider offering a donation to either of the following organizations:

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center:

401 N. Broadway Street

Baltimore, MD 21287

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maryland:

NAMI Maryland

10630 Little Patuxent Parkway

Suite 475

Columbia, MD 21044

Photo of Lieutenant Michael Howe, who died in the line-of-duty in 2008.

Baltimore County Police Officers will be wearing mourning bands on their badges today in memory of a fallen hero.

Lieutenant Michael Howe, a former commander of the Baltimore County Police Tactical Unit, died on August 11, 2008 as a result of a massive stroke.

Lieutenant Howe was with his unit at the scene of a murder-suicide in Precinct 4 Pikesville on August 10, 2008. When he returned home after that incident, he collapsed and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he died the next afternoon.

Lieutenant Michael Howe’s name, along with the names of other fallen heroes, is inscribed on a monument at Patriot Plaza in Towson.

Revised June 27, 2017