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Keyword: theft from auto

Police are investigating a series of airbag thefts in Baltimore County since late June, targeting mostly Honda vehicles.

Since June 26 there has been a general increase in thefts from autos, but specifically airbags. Police have determined that most of the vehicles being targeted are Honda Civics and Honda Accords. The department has experienced thefts of airbags in the Lansdowne area of Precinct 1 Wilkens, the Rodgers Forge area of Precinct 6 Towson, and additional incidents in Precinct 4 Pikesville and Precinct 12 Dundalk.

Most of the thefts are occurring during the overnight hours and involve the suspect breaking out the driver side window of the vehicle and stealing the airbag out of the steering wheel.

Avoid These Thefts

In a number of cases where the suspects did not succeed in stealing an airbag, some type of anti-theft device was used. While most car alarms will not sound if only the glass window is broken out, a sounding alarm has prevented the theft in some instances. In cases where a steering wheel locking device has been used on the car, the thief was not able to steal the airbag. Police are recommending the use of these devices to deter the theft of airbags, and the theft of your vehicle. Make sure that your doors are always locked and try to park in a well lit area.

If you see a vehicle driving through your neighborhood slowly during the overnight hours, safely try to get a description of the vehicle and call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner you call police, the sooner we are able to respond and are more likely to locate and stop the suspicious vehicle to determine if there is any criminal activity at foot.

If you are the victim of a theft from auto or theft of your airbag, contact police immediately by calling 410-887-2222. Make sure you have your airbag replaced by a dealership or certified repair shop as criminals are known to sell stolen airbags to less reputable auto repair shops.

Read more information about these thefts on our Current Crime Trends web page.

Baltimore County Police are investigating several thefts from autos in Essex on Sunday.

Sometime between approximately 4:15 a.m. to 6:22 a.m. on May 10, eight parked cars in the unit block of Urbanwood Court, 21221, the 800 block of Dorsey Avenue, 21221 and the 400 block of Virginia Avenue, 21221 were broken into. The investigation determined that several suspects walked through the neighborhoods, targeting unlocked vehicles parked in residential driveways and on the street.  

As a reminder, please always lock your car doors and remove any visible and valuable items. Thefts from autos are crimes of opportunity that you can prevent. Additional crime prevention tips are available online.

Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the thefts. If anyone has residential security video or information that may lead to identifying the suspect responsible, please call the Essex Precinct at 410-887-0220 or dial 911. Callers may remain anonymous.

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:

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

Revised June 27, 2017