With summer here, Baltimore County police officials are reminding residents to keep sheds, garages and houses locked to prevent theft and other crimes.
Officials say the best way to keep thieves from stealing your property is keeping doors closed and locked, according to a statement from the Baltimore County Police Department.
And residents shouldn't assume they are safe from thieves just because they are home, officials said. If you're working in the backyard or swimming in the pool, the front door should be locked, according to the statement.
The following recent crimes were reported by North Point Precinct 12:
June 17-18: Fourth-degree burglary, 7500 block of Westfield Road
Between 8 p.m. on June 17 and 8 a.m. on June 18, an unknown suspect removed a lawnmower that was stored in a fenced-in yard.
June 18: Commercial burglary (two incidents), 7400 block of Eastern Boulevard
Between 2:15 and 2:31 a.m., an unknown suspect pried open the front door of First Responder Title, Tags and Bail Bonds. The suspect then broke through the sheetrock wall into Elite Innovations. An alarm activated inside Elite Innovations and the suspect fled. It is unknown if anything is missing.
June 19-20: Commercial burglary, 1400 block of Sparrows Point Road
Between 11 a.m. on June 19 and 11:30 a.m. on June 20, an unknown suspect forced entry into the substation and cut copper lines belonging to R.G. Steel
June 19-20: First-degree burglary, 7600 block of Hackett Avenue
Between 6 p.m. on June 19 and 2 p.m. on June 20, an unknown suspect pushed in the victim’s air conditioner and entered the home. Medication, linens, a wallet and jewelry were taken.
June 19-20: Fourth-degree burglary (two cases), 8200 block of Fischer Road
Between 7 p.m. on June 19 and 5 a.m. on June 20, an unknown suspect entered unlocked parking lots and stole 15 truck batteries belonging to Obara and Brehm Transfer, B and L Enterprise and CRC Transport.
June 20: Armed robbery – gun, 100 block of Carver Road
At 1:45 a.m., a man was walking home when he was approached by two men. One was armed with a shotgun. They fled in a dark colored vehicle after taking the victim’s phone, money, ID card and keys. The first suspect is a male, 25-35 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, 170 to 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The second suspect is a male, 25-35 years old, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, 170 to 180 pounds, with dreadlocks and brown eyes.
June 20: First-degree assault, 4100 block of North Point Boulevard
At 8:18 p.m., an employee of Baltimore Towing confronted a man taking pictures in front of the business. The suspect got into his vehicle and struck the victim with the car. The suspect then fled but was arrested after another employee followed the suspect and blocked him in. Gerald Hershberger, 55, of the 7900 block of St. Monica Drive, 21222 was arrested and charged with assault.
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