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Baltimore County Police are attempting to locate a man wanted for a string of burglaries and package thefts. Darryl Ra'Nard Crawford (23) is described as a black male, 5'6," 125 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. On April 23, 2018, Crawford burglarized a home in the 3400-block of Liberty Parkway, 21222. The following day, he stole packages from the front of two houses located in the 6500-block of Clarington Road, 21209 and in the 2300-block of Whitley Road, 21209. Crawford continued his spree on April 26, 2018, when he burglarized a home in the 4700-block of Ballygar Road, 21236. 

Police Department detectives worked in coordination with patrol officers and have been able to connect Crawford to these crimes. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Darryl Ra'Nard Crawford, please call 911 or 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

Baltimore County Police are reminding drivers to keep their vehicle doors locked and to never store their keys in the vehicle, including a spare key to another vehicle, while it's unattended. Doing so could lead to items being stolen from your vehicle or even your vehicle being stolen.

Don't provide an opportunity for a criminal. Many times all it takes is for a suspect to walk through a neighborhood and pull on your car handle to see if it's unlocked. If it is unlocked, your valuables are at risk to be stolen. A spare key stored in your vehicle could leave you with your car being stolen.

Leaving Your Car Running Unattended is Illegal

Leaving your car running with the keys in the ignition not only leaves your car at risk to be stolen, but it is also illegal.

Vehicles left running outside homes, in front of convenience stores and at gas pumps present an easy target for car thieves. Always take your keys with you and secure your vehicle, even for a short trip into the store.

Maryland Annotated Vehicle Code prohibits an operator of a vehicle to leave a vehicle running and unattended unless the operator:

  • is in charge of a motor vehicle that has had the engine started using a remote keyless ignition system and has been operating unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion; or
  • allows a motor vehicle that is locked and on private property, not open to the public, to operate unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion.

Penalties and Fines

Did you know that leaving a vehicle alone with the engine running is against the law? Officers can issue a ticket that is accompanied by a $70 fine and one point against your driving record. Unattended, running vehicles also pose a safety hazard. If the vehicle slips out of gear and causes an accident, you could be issued a ticket with a $110 fine and three points against your driving record.

Make sure your vehicle doors are locked at all times, spare keys are not left in the vehicle and the vehicle is not left running unattended.

Baltimore County Fire crews today are assessing damage from yesterday's storms, which caused severe flooding throughout the County. The Catonsville area was hardest hit.

Catonsville received more than 10 inches of rainfall -- more than nearby Ellicott City in Howard County, which was devastated by flash floods for the second time in less than two years. (Ellicott City sits at the bottom of a stream valley and next to the Patapsco River.) 

BCoFD also responded to numerous calls in the Turner Station community of Dundalk, but the flooding there was fairly typical of what a heavy rain event brings.

No one has been reported missing in Baltimore County, and no serious injuries have been reported.

Fire and rescue crews were fully deployed and worked non-stop from start of this weather event, which began around 2 p.m. Sunday. As the situation worsened, mutual aid swiftwater units from Allegany and Harford counties were brought in to assist our swiftwater teams (from the Texas Fire Station, Kingsville VFC and Arbutus VFC). 

Three people were rescued Sunday afternoon from a rock in the middle of the Gunpowder River.

Across the County and until late Sunday evening, crews were dispatched to dozens of calls for vehicles trapped in rising water, flooded basements, washed-out roads and other flood-related issues.

​BCoFD officials strongly urge residents not to drive to disaster areas to inspect the damage. This creates a risk to bystanders and hampers rescue and other emergency response efforts.

Aftermath

This morning, Fire crews began "windshield" assessments of storm damage throughout the County. 

Baltimore County's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management oversees storm recovery efforts, including advice and aid for residents affected by flooding. Information about federal aid for storm victims will be provided as it becomes available.

Residents who feel they have a flood-related emergency should call 911.

​Post-flood safety is a serious concern at this time, said Division Chief Jay Ringgold, who oversees the Office of HSEM. Major concerns include:

  • ​Danger of electrocution from damaged electrical systems
  • Danger of electrocution from downed power lines
  • Health risks associated with  polluted floodwaters, including contaminated food
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from damage to fuel-burning appliances
  • Risk of fire or explosion from dislodged or damaged propane tanks
  • Assorted chemical hazards
  • Attempting to drive on damaged or flooded roads

If you are a flood victim, review these resources for important information about post-flood safety:


 

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017