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booking photo of James Everett NicholsonBaltimore County Police arrested a burglar when they responded to a call for an alarm at the Catonsville Walmart.

At 1:15 a.m. on  March 25, officers responded to the Walmart in the 6200 block of Baltimore National Pike, 21228 for a call of a burglar alarm. Responding officers noticed that someone pried open the doors to the Garden Center. During their investigation, officers found an unoccupied vehicle on the parking lot of the location with various items inside that were stolen from the store.

Moments later, James Everett Nicholson (24) of the 1500 block of Woodlawn Drive, 21228 was found by officers hiding behind a nearby tree. Nicholson was arrested and charged with theft, destruction of property, and second degree burglary. He has been released on $10,000 bond. 

Tips to keep your home and business safe from criminals during this unprecedented time when we are all dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic are posted online.

The Baltimore County Police Department reminds citizens that we are still out to protect and serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, criminals are still out too. Follow some basic crime prevention tips to stay safe and prevent a burglary. 

  • Lock all doors and windows. That includes second story windows and doors. Criminals have been known to use ladders to reach another level.
  • Set up a security system if possible. It not only lets you know if someone is trying to get inside your home but can also act as a fire alarm. Today’s technology makes it easy to install and some are inexpensive.
  • Leave outdoor lights on at night. The greatest risk to a burglar is being seen.
  • Use motion detector lights in the back and on the sides of your home.
  • Always keep your front door lights turned on.
  • Keep lights turned on inside your home. This makes the criminal think twice before attempting to enter. They will think someone is inside and they certainly don't want to be seen.
  • Keep large plants away from the porch or entrance of your home. Burglars can hide behind them while you're approaching your door. Plant thorny bushes below windows as a deterrence to criminals wanting to enter your home.
  • Lock attached screened-in porches, garages and sheds too.
  • Attach a chain to your bicycles, lawn equipment, grills and other large items.  This time of year, thieves are looking for seasonal items and don't want to waste valuable time messing with a lock.
  • Neighbors should keep a watchful eye to spot criminals and alert police to any unusual activity in the community. If you see someone in the neighborhood who looks suspicious, call 911.

Keep Your Business Safe

Businesses should also use the following crime prevention measures as well as the ones from above.

  • Contact your local precinct to complete a Night Card Contact Information card. This will allow an officer to contact a business representative if something happens at your store when it is closed. Each precinct maintains a list of all businesses in the area and their 24-hour contact information.
  • Remove anything outside like a ladder or wooden boxes that a thief could use to access a second level. Keep dumpsters as far away from the building as convenient.
  • Keep lights on inside, especially near the cash registers and safe. It may sound counterproductive to have lights over a safe, but this makes the burglar think twice before trying to open it. It takes time to open a safe and thieves don’t have time.
  • Check your alarm system for glitches. Is your video system updated and working? Video of a thief at work helps our officers find the criminals and lock them up.
  • Keep windows clear of signs and promotional materials at convenience stores. This helps the patrol officer see into your store during business checks.
  • Light the parking lot and front of the store or business. Customers want to feel safe when they visit your business. Lighting is a cheap and simple method to allay those fears.
  • Get to know surrounding business owners and managers in case you need to call on one another for assistance or something appears amiss.

Just because we are experiencing strange times doesn’t mean that crime stops. The Baltimore County Police Department is still here to help and protect everyone.

Be safe and remember to keep washing your hands!

Baltimore County Police need your help identifying these two burglary suspects who broke into Flagship Cinemas Eastpoint. 

Officer Bull from the Essex Precinct was conducting business checks during his routine patrol around 3 a.m., February 17, when he came across an unlocked door at the movie theater in the 7900 block of Eastern Avenue. Surveillance cameras in the theater caught the two burglars on video, making themselves some snacks in the concession stand and stealing candy and electronics. They also discharged fire extinguishers inside one of the theaters before leaving.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives from the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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 $2000 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

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017