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Keyword: shed burglary

Baltimore County Police need your help identifying this suspect who used credit cards, stolen during a burglary in Pikesville, in various places around Baltimore City.

Detectives have determined that the stolen credit cards were used at the Exxon Pimlico and various other locations in Baltimore City around the Reisterstown Road Plaza on May 15. The cards were stolen from a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 3400 block of Philips Drive, 21208, along with lawn equipment stolen from a shed on the homeowner's property. The burglary occurred sometime between 7 p.m. on May 14 and 4 p.m. on May 15.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect is asked to contact detectives from the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous. Callers submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers may also be eligible for a reward.

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, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

Shed and garage burglaries and what to do to prevent them

There has been an uptick in shed burglaries in the last month. It is happening in three precincts in particular: Precincts 6/Towson, 8/Parkville and 9/White Marsh. The burglaries have occurred mostly in the afternoon and overnight hours, particularly in the Overlea area.

Baltimore County police advise residents and business owners to make sure sheds have sturdy doors and windows, and to use locks, even when residents are home. Sounds simple, but doors and windows are often forgotten about if we are home and make for easy targets of quick burglars taking what they can easily carry or conceal.

Burglars know which locks work, and which ones don't work. One burglar told officers that hidden shackle locks are very effective at keeping unwanted criminals out. Shackle locks are often used on tractor trailer doors but they can be used on sheds and other structures easily accessed from outside.

They work well because there is no real easy or practical way to cut the lock off with a bolt cutter. Prying them out of a door is time consuming and loud. The core of the lock is set into the lock. Time is the enemy of a burglar.

Another effective lock is the disc brake lock. You often see them attached to ATVs and dirt bikes to thwart theft.

The lock attaches to a wheel on the bike or All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). For those who want added security, there are disc brake locks that have a built-in motion detector alarm. These locks can be purchased on-line, at motorcycle shops, and some home improvement stores. Some stores will even special order these locks.

The locks are inexpensive yet highly effective. The shackle lock starts at $10 and the disc brake lock starts at $15.

Lights are another effective tool

Lights are kryptonite to burglars. The same burglar who talked about locks also told officers that lighting deters theft. They like to work in the dark.

Got a Bike, Lawn Mower and Other Equipment?

Engrave it, Lock it or Lose It

Burglars like to steal things they can sell. In the spring the hot items are lawn equipment, bikes and ATVs.

Here are some suggestions to help keep your property safe:

  • Keep a journal listing the make, model and serial numbers of your bicycle, mower, and other outside equipment. Also take pictures of your property. It will help you when working with police and your insurance company.
  • Engrave your valuables. This is a simple and fast way to mark what is yours when you have to claim your property. Officers suggest using your license number or Maryland ID card. Never use a Social Security number as an ID marker.
  • When storing a bike or ATV in your garage or shed, use one of the locks mentioned earlier. If that doesn’t work, attach them to an inside pole or heavy equipment stored inside. This will make the thief think twice before stealing your property.

For more information and crime prevention tips follow us at: bcopd@baltimorecountymd.gov.

The Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit is seeking assistance from the public in identifying three suspects responsible for a burglary and attempted theft of a vehicle at Pikesville High School.

Detectives recovered surveillance video of the three suspects entering onto the school property just after midnight on January 23. The three suspects are seen walking across the property to the football field where they broke into a snack shed. From there they went to the parking lot where a single vehicle was left overnight and broke out a rear side window to gain access. They unsuccessfully attempted to steal the vehicle as evidenced by the destruction they caused to the steering column, then fled when they caused the car alarm to sound.

Police are asking anyone who recognizes any of these three suspects or has any information regarding their possible identities to contact 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

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017