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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!

The Baltimore County Police Department has arrested and charged two men and two juveniles, who have been charged as adults, for their involvement in several robberies targeting Baltimore area business owners. These suspects are responsible for eight robberies in Baltimore County.

“The closure of these cases is a clear example of the work performed by the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department on a daily basis,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan.

Starting in September of this year, police began to receive reports from business owners who were followed by the suspect from their places of business to their homes in Baltimore County. The location of each robbery is listed below. 

Date                               Location

9/15/17               1700 block of Yakona Road, 21234
11/7/17               9100 block of Panorama Drive, 21128
11/8/17               8900 block of Talc Drive, 21237
11/16/17             1100 block of Pelham Wood Road, 21234
11/21/17             1700 block Yakona Road, 21234
11/26/17             2300 block of Salem Village Road, 21234
11/27/17             9300 block of Indian Trail Way, 21128
11/27/17             Unit block of Miceli Court, 21234

The same victims were targeted by the suspects on September 15 and November 21. In both incidents, the victims were returning home after closing their restaurant. The suspects approached the victims in front of their home and threatened them with a handgun. One of the victims was able to produce his own weapon during the November 21 robbery, causing the suspects to flee.

During the November 16 robbery at Pelham Wood Road, the suspects did fire several rounds from handguns at one of the victims. Fortunately, neither of the victims were injured during the incident. The suspects did steal money and belongings from the victims before fleeing from the area.  

Just after 4 p.m. on November 27 the suspects approached a victim while the man was standing at his mailbox. The victim was assaulted and suffered serious head injuries. During the robbery, the suspects used the victim’s keys to steal his vehicle. On the same date at 6 p.m., police responded to the unit block of Miceli Court, 21234 for an armed robbery. The victims told police that they were approached by several suspects holding handguns, after returning home from work. During the robbery, the suspects used keys stolen from the victims to steal two more additional cars. All of the cars stolen during these robberies were later recovered.

Criminal Investigations Bureau detectives received information from investigators from the Towson and Parkville Precincts in addition to information gained from a police contact with the suspects during the time frame of the robberies which led to the identification of the suspects. Detectives worked in a coordinated effort along with the assistance of several units within the Police Department in order to locate evidence connecting the individuals responsible for these violent crimes. Detectives also recovered a handgun and other weapons that were used during the robberies.

According to Colonel Steven M. Hlavach, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, “These cases were solved due to the collaboration between our precinct personnel, detectives, and support units.”

The suspects have been identified as:

  • Anthony Milton King, Jr., 31, of the 2900 block of Woodland Avenue, 21215. King was arrested on November 27 and charged with two counts each of armed robbery, armed carjacking, robbery, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, first-degree assault, theft and one count of carjacking.
  • Antonio Larry, Jr., 30, of the 1600 block of Riggs Avenue, 21217. Larry was arrested on November 28 and charged with three counts of accessory after the fact, three counts of fraud, and numerous credit card and theft offenses.
  • Brekwan Kareem McFadden, 16, of the 700 block of Wyanoak Avenue, 21218 was arrested on November 27. McFadden has been charged with two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, theft, use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence, and three counts armed carjacking.
  • Melvin Norong Thompson, 17, of the 700 block of Wyanoke Avenue, 21218 was also arrested on November 27. He has been charged with two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, theft, and three counts of armed carjacking.

King, Larry, and McFadden are currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status. Thompson was released on his own recognizance. County Police are working with other jurisdictions to determine if this group is responsible for additional robberies in the area. 

Booking photo of each suspect

Photo of four suspects arrested in robberies of business owners.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017