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booking photo of Christopher Allen KiddCorrection (May 17, 2:18 p.m.): Suspect Kidd was released after posting a $3,000 bond. He was not released on his own recognizance.

Original Post (May 15):

Since May 7, police investigated several thefts from autos in the Falls Road, Ruxton Road and Charles Street, 21204 areas of Towson. 

The investigation revealed that between the times of approximately 5 p.m. and 11 a.m., the suspect, Christopher Allen Kidd (40) of the unit block of Offshore Lane 21811, drove a stolen Honda Civic to the areas and stole various items from parked cars. Many of the cars were parked in residential areas and left unlocked. Kidd used several credit cards stolen from the victims at businesses in Baltimore.  

On May 12, Kidd was arrested after a traffic stop in Baltimore City while driving the Honda. He is charged with the following:

  • 1 count of theft $1,500 to under $2,500
  • 2 counts of theft $100 to under $1,500
  • 1 count of theft less than $100
  • 4 counts of fourth-degree burglary theft
  • 6 counts of rogue and vagabond

Kidd has been released on his own recognizance after posting a $3,000 bond.

As a reminder, always lock your car doors and remove any visible and valuable items. Thefts from autos are crimes of opportunity that you can prevent.

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.

Halloween is almost here and some of the things that go bump in the night will be out and about trying to scare up some treats. No need to be afraid, just please be careful.

When you are driving, be aware of children and adults wearing costumes that could be dark and hard to see in the early evening. Not only that, the trick-or-treaters may not be able to see all that well if they are wearing masks.

Take your time when driving through neighborhoods where parking is tight. Children aren’t always aware of their surroundings and may dart into the street from between parked cars.

If you are driving children to houses outside the neighborhood, be extra vigilant. When you stop, be sure to leave your lights on so the children can see you. This also signals other drivers that you are not parked. Remember to tell your little trick-or-treater that they must look both ways when crossing the street. Impress upon them that they must be extra careful on Halloween.

Some parents take their children to parties at local shopping areas. If you do, be extra vigilant in the parking lots. Some drivers will not be looking for children darting out. Everyone hold hands and walk in single file. It is simple and the children are used to this from school.

Some towns have set times for the goblins to be out. Check your neighborhood. Some begin as early as 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m., while others extend the night to 8 p.m.

However you celebrate Halloween, be safe and watch out for trick-or-treaters!

Happy Halloween!!!

Revised June 27, 2017