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Keyword: auto theft

The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, runs through May. This program includes the following segments.

  • JOINS Program – Sergeant Garry Leonard, of the Youth and Community Services Section, explains the importance of this program, which aims at preventing juvenile delinquency by diverting first-time, non-violent offenders from the juvenile justice system.
  • RATT (Regional Auto Theft Task Force) – Sergeant Izaac Hester, of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, provides insight into the unit's daily activities with a ride along with detectives. He discusses the problem of auto thefts and gives tips to keep your car secure.
  • Unsolved Homicide – Idrissa Derme was fatally shot when making a food delivery on October 15, 2018. Your help is needed in solving this crime.

These segments are available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

On the Beat also airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

UPDATE (December 21, 2018 12:12 a.m.):

A fourth juvenile suspect has been arrested and charged in a number of theft of vehicle cases in the Mays Chapel and Riderwood neighborhoods in Cockeysville and Towson Precincts. Detectives determined that this suspect drove other suspects around and dropped them off in the areas where they would steal additional vehicles.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who may have additional information should contact police at 410-307-2020.

As a reminder, the vehicles involved in this case were stolen because they were left unlocked and these suspects were able to access keys, many of which were hidden inside the vehicle itself. Baltimore County Police Department would like to remind all citizens that prevention of crime begins with you. Please, lock your cars and homes when you leave them for any amount of time and secure keys inside your home.

Call the police non-emergency number 410-887-2222 if you see any activity in your neighborhood that appears to be out of the ordinary. You could help catch a criminal in the act or prevent a crime from happening in the first place!

Correction (November 30, 2018 11:57 a.m.):

Hartman Konard Lewis is charged only with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle and was released on his own recognizance.

Original Release (November 29, 2018 3:33 p.m.):

Police made three arrests yesterday associated with a series of auto thefts and thefts from auto in the Riderwood area of Towson Precinct last week following a simple call for a parking complaint in Catonsville yesterday morning.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit and Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) were called to assist in the investigation when it was determined that a Honda CRV blocking a resident's driveway in the 600 block of Woodsdale Road was reported stolen, among many other vehicles, from the 1400-1600 blocks of Jeffers Road early Friday morning.

Detectives followed the vehicle after three suspects were seen getting into it where it was left on Woodsdale Road and driving away. When they stopped at a gas station in the 6000 block of Baltimore National Pike and exited the vehicle, detectives approached the three suspects, who attempted to flee on foot. All three were taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. yesterday and are charged with a myriad of burglary, theft, and auto theft charges in six of the Towson cases. While some of the other vehicles have also been located, there are three still outstanding along with numerous items of personal property.

The investigation reveals that the suspects walked down neighborhood streets trying door handles on vehicles parked on the street and in driveways to see if they were unlocked. If the vehicles were unlocked they stole personal items from the vehicle. If they found a key in the vehicle, they stole the vehicle that the key unlocked.

The three suspects are identified as Hartman Konard Lewis (21) of the 4600 block of Waterfall Court, 21117, Malik Kobe Warren (18) of the 100 block of Nunnery Lane, 21228, and a 14-year-old who is charged as a juvenile. Lewis and Warren are held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a forthcoming bail review hearing.

Anyone who may have additional information on these crimes or possible suspect information is asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

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: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

The Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program has changed its name to On the Beat. The next edition runs through November.

The opening segment focuses on winter and holiday season crime prevention and personal safety. Officer Gary Doucett of Precinct 6/Towson provides information and techniques to keep your home and valuables safe and secure. He also reminds us of the fines and points that drivers face if their car is left running unattended.

The topic in the second segment is animal abuse and Baltimore County's response to this crime. Ms. April Doherty, Lead Animal Abuse Investigator for the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, talks about animal abuse, neglect and cruelty and what the public can do if they encounter this crime.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On the Beat is available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017