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Over the last month a number of cars have been broken into across the county. There is no particular area that is immune. There is a way to stop some of these thefts – lock your doors.

This may not be a foolproof way to stop them, but thieves are opportunists. They will walk along and check to see which vehicle is unlocked and which isn’t. The odds are that the thief will go for the unlocked vehicle.

We are, for the most part, careful about locking our vehicles while at work, school or shopping, but we tend to be less mindful of locking up when we are home. Don’t get a false sense of security just because the vehicle is in front of your home or in your driveway. Lock your doors!

Thieves are looking for a number of items - change in the cup holder, cellphones, laptops, anything of value. House keys are especially valuable. Not only has the thief gotten into your vehicle, he now has access to your home.

Don’t leave your garage door opener inside your vehicle in full view. This enables thieves to access other items such as bicycles, lawn equipment and maybe another vehicle or even your home.

Lock your vehicle doors at all times. Make life difficult for thieves.

Additional crime prevention tips are available online.

UPDATE (June 1, 2019 9 a.m.):

Erika Lynn Wilkinson, wanted in connection with the theft of a calf from Braglio Farms in April, was arrested by Maryland State Police on May 31 following the public release of this story. Wilkinson is charged with various burglary and theft charges and was released following an initial hearing where she posted a $2500 unsecured personal bond.

Original Release (May 30, 2019 9:51 a.m.):

One Arrest, Warrant Issued in Theft of Calf

Baltimore County Police have arrested one woman and issued a warrant for another in the overnight theft of a calf from Braglio Farms in Woodstock back in April.

Police were called to the farm in the 3300 block of Hernwood Road, 21163 around 10 a.m. on April 22 after the owners discovered the 3-month-old calf they kept as a pet, Milly, was missing. The owners began to conduct their own internet and social media research and discovered photos of two women who were trespassing on their property and petting their cows just two days prior to the theft. During that incident the owners obtained the vehicle information for the car the two women left in after they were escorted off of the property. 

Police began investigating the two women, identified as Jennifer Lauren Sully (44) and Erika Lynn Wilkinson (19), and discovered photos of the stolen calf posted to Wilkinson's social media accounts and to a 'Life with Pigs' Facebook page in which Wilkinson was tagged. 'Life with Pigs' identifies itself as a privately owned and operated non-profit animal sanctuary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The investigation confirmed that the stolen calf was located at the Life with Pigs farm and on May 7 detectives responded to the farm with officers from James City County Police with a search and seizure warrant for the stolen calf, which was subsequently returned to the owner. During the service of the warrant the owner of Life with Pigs farm gave false information as to how he came into possession of the calf, then admitted he was given the calf by Jennifer Sully.

Jennifer Lauren Sully of the 3500 block of Buena Vista Avenue, 21211, was arrested on a warrant Monday, May 27, and now faces multiple burglary and theft charges. She has since posted a $10,000 unsecured personal bond after an initial bail hearing.

A warrant for Erika Lynn Wilkinson with a last-known address in the 8100 block of Strawberry Lane in Falls Church, Virginia has also been obtained by BCoPD detectives investigating this case. Police have not yet located Wilkinson and are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call 9-1-1.

The Baltimore County Police Animal Abuse Team initiated an investigation into allegations of animal abuse against Braglio Farms stemming from this theft investigation. They, along with Baltimore County Animal Services, have found no evidence of abuse or neglect of any animal on the farm. This case remains under active investigation as additional information surrounding the theft of the calf continues to be uncovered. 

Are you a package thief? Do you selfishly steal holiday gifts right from people's front doors? The Baltimore County Police Department has just the thing for you this holiday season!

You could be the lucky winner of a free stay at any of our fine police precincts or even get an inside tour of the Baltimore County Detention Center, just like Nasya Kamele Duvall (19) of the 100 block of Fitz Court, 21136, who remains held without bail, facing thirteen counts of burglary and theft charges after he stole a "bait package" from a front porch in Reisterstown.

Following a number of package thefts in the Franklin Precinct, the Franklin Precinct Investigative Services Team decided to conduct their investigation a little differently than usual. They set out a "bait package" on the front porch of a home on Mardan Drive, then sat back and waited. Soon enough, at 2:50 p.m. on December 11, to be specific, Duvall came along and swiped the package. When police swooped in he tried to flee but didn't get far before being apprehended.

The next time you find yourself walking down the sidewalk and see a package sitting at someone's front door, think twice. It may just have been placed there by savvy members of the Baltimore County Police Department.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017