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Date: Jul 23, 2020

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.

UPDATE (July 23, 2020 11:33 a.m.):

Bri Bri has been reunited with her mom and is back home safe thanks to a viewer who saw this media release on the local news. The viewer had the dog in their possession and recognized the pictures and video and contacted police to return Bri Bri to her rightful owner. 

Baltimore County Police would like to thank this viewer for this good deed and reuniting Bri Bri with her mom.

Original Release (July 22, 2020 3:03 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police need the public's help finding Bri Bri, a white Bichon Frise, who was stolen at the Ravenwood Shopping Center in Towson Sunday night.

Bri Bri, a white Bichon Frise stolen during a GTABri Bri (pronounced bree-bree) is 15-years-old and has a cyst on her right front leg. She was riding in her mom's blue Nissan Altima when they stopped at Island Quizine in the 8000 block of Loch Raven Boulevard around 9:20 p.m. to pick up a take-out order. Bri Bri's mom left the car running to keep her cool while she stepped inside to pay for the order. In that moment, a black male suspect slipped into the running Nissan and drove away with Bri Bri on the back seat.

The Nissan has since been recovered in Baltimore City, but there has been no sign of Bri Bri. Anyone who may have any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact officers at the Towson Precinct by calling 410-887-2361. This case is being investigated by Officer Parnell #6346. 

Photo of School Resource Officer Danielle Moore.Baltimore County Police Officer Danielle Moore has been recognized by the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) with the 2020 NASRO Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year award.

Officer Moore, nominated by her peers, supervisors and school faculty, is recognized as  an SRO who has made significant contributions to Baltimore County and Overlea High School, where she is assigned.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt said, "It is truly an honor to have an SRO of the Baltimore County Police Department selected for  national recognition for her dedication and commitment to students, staff and the community. Officer Danielle Moore exemplifies being a positive role model by building strong relationships, ensuring safety on school grounds and in the community, and volunteering her time to extracurricular school activities. Her passion and love for the students and staff at Overlea High School shine in all aspects of her job."

"We are honored to present Officer Danielle Moore of the Baltimore County Police Department with the NASRO Floyd Ledbetter School Resource Officer of the Year Award," said Mo Canady, Executive Director of NASRO.  "It is apparent that she demonstrates the SRO Triad Concept in serving as a coach and mentor, educator, and law enforcement officer while seeking opportunities to serve her school community.  It is our privilege to bestow this honor to one who exemplifies the title of school resource officer so well." 

Officer Moore began her career as a police officer with the Baltimore City Police Department in 2007. She lateraled to the Baltimore County Police Department in 2012 where she worked as a patrol officer until she became a School Resource Officer in 2018 and was assigned to Overlea High School.

Officer Moore is the lead mentor and co-facilitator of the I.T. G.I.R.L.S. of Overlea High School, which stands for Inspiring True Girl-power through Integrity, Respect, Leadership and Sophistication and is a mentoring program designed to help young women. She has received training from the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) which equips officers to successfully deal with someone in a mental health crisis and provides alternative methods to peacefully deal with the individual.

About NASRO and the SRO Program

NASRO is a not-for-profit organization with a commitment to school safety. They are an organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security and safety professionals working as partners to protect schools and their students, faculty and staff members, and their school community.

The goal of the NASRO and SRO programs is to provide safe learning environments, valuable resources to school staff members, foster a positive relationship with students and develop strategies to resolve problems that affect our youth with the goal of protecting all children, so they can reach their fullest potential.

Award Presentation

Officer Moore will be presented with her award at the virtual 30th Annual NASRO School Safety Conference in early August in Orlando, Florida. She will be recorded receiving her award during opening ceremonies to be viewed online by conference attendees on August 5.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017