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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.

Update 2/1/18 11:00 a.m.

Both girls have been located and are safe. 

Original 2/1/18 10:00 a.m.

Baltimore County Police are currently seeking information to help locate two missing 12-year-old girls from Dundalk who are believed to be together.

Leah Arnesen is missing from the 7300 block of Hughes Avenue, 21219. She is 5’4” and 130 pounds and was last seen wearing a grey, orange and black Orioles jacket with black jeans.

Tatiana Hunt is missing from 6700 block of North Point Road, 21219. She is 5’8" and 146 pounds and was last seen wearing a "Pink" brand black sweatshirt and black jeans with white sneakers.

If you see these girls or have information on their location, please contact police at (410) 307-2020 or Detective Prenger at (443) 468-8815.

Leah Arnesen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatiana Hunt

The driver of a vehicle involved in a two-car crash in Dundalk earlier today has died.

Lloyd Wells Jr (53) of the 4100 block of Beachwood Drive, 21222, was driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre on North Point Boulevard near Kirkland Road around 10:52 a.m. when he struck a 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway. Wells was transported to Bayview Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The adult driver and a juvenile passenger of the Sante Fe were also transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate to determine the cause of this fatal crash.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017