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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.

With the cold weather that we have been experiencing recently, Baltimore County Police would like to remind motorists about leaving their cars running and unattended. Maryland Law prohibits leaving an unattended running vehicle. This can result in a potential penalty of a $70 fine and one point on your driving record.

If you leave your car running, there is a strong possibility of your car being stolen and used to commit other crimes. This not only causes a loss to you but could also help thieves victimize others. To learn more: https://t.co/pPR7FBJuO0

Update, November 2, 11:36 a.m.:

The victim of yesterday's fatal pedestrian crash on Pulaski Highway has been identified. He is Randolph Croom, 51, of the 8200 block of Pulaski Highway.

Original release:

A fatal crash on Pulaski Highway Sunday night resulted in a secondary crash that led police on a pursuit into Baltimore City, ending in the death of a one-year-old boy.

At 6:49 p.m. Baltimore County Police were notified that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle on Pulaski Highway near Krueger Avenue. The pedestrian, an adult male, was struck as he attempted to cross Pulaski Highway. The driver remained on the scene. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.

As a result, a portion of Pulaski Highway was closed while the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team conducted its investigation.

Pursuit Into Baltimore City

At 9:07 p.m. a silver Mercedes-Benz traveling east on Pulaski Highway struck a Baltimore County Police cruiser assisting in the road closure. The officer assigned to the cruiser suffered non life-threatening injuries when she jumped over the jersey wall in an effort to get out of the way of the Mercedes.

The driver of the Mercedes got out of the car and, when an officer requested license and registration, he returned to the car, turned around and fled westbound on Pulaski Highway towards Baltimore City. This initiated a pursuit by another Baltimore County Police officer who had been assisting with the initial fatal crash investigation. The officer pursued the violator to just inside Baltimore City onto Moravia Road.

According to the Baltimore City Police Department, the vehicle was traveling northbound in the 5400 block of Moravia Road, approaching Sinclair Lane on a steady red signal. The Mercedes entered the intersection at a high rate of speed. The front passenger side of the Mercedes struck the rear driver’s side of a Volvo C30. The Volvo made the right turn from eastbound Sinclair Lane onto northbound Moravia Road. The Volvo rotated clockwise and mounted the east curb continuing to rotate into a bus stop were a one-year-old was in a stroller. The Volvo struck the child, who landed near the driveway to the Parkside Shopping Center. The Mercedes then continued north on Moravia Road in the 5300 block coming to rest approximately 250 feet north of the collision scene.

The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatric ER, where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect in the Mercedes was transported to Shock Trauma with minor non life-threatening injuries for evaluation. The driver of the Volvo was not injured.

The initial fatal crash on Pulaski Highway and the hit-and-run crash into the police cruiser both remain under investigation by the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team.

The crash on Moravia Road resulting in the death of the child will be investigated by the Baltimore City Police Department.

Charges against the driver of the Mercedes are pending the conclusion of all related investigations.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017