SUSPICIOUS FIRE: Central District -- Police reported that fire inside a vacant rowhouse at 2005 Guilford Ave. shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday appeared to have been deliberately set. The fire caused extensive damage to the rear and upper floors and forced the evacuation of residents of adjacent houses. No injuries were reported. Charlene Scott, 27, of 2003 Guilford Ave., said she heard people moving about inside the house before the fire broke out and said the vacant house is often used by drug addicts and homeless people.
ROBBERY: Eastern District -- Police today were seeking thremen who accosted a 21-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy in the 2200 block of Barclay St. around 2:30 a.m. yesterday and robbed the elder victim of his 1990 Hyundai. Police said one of the suspects was armed with a .357-caliber Magnum handgun. Police identified the owner of the car as John Higgins, of the 1000 block of Ellicott Drive. The teen-ager lives in the 400 block of Lorraine Ave. Police said no injuries were reported and that the value of the car was not immediately known.
ROBBERY/ABDUCTION: Eastern District -- George Jacob, 45, of the 2600 block of Guilford Ave., reported that while he was stopped at a traffic light in the 2200 block of Harford Road around 12:15 a.m. yesterday a man approached and asked for directions. Jacob told police that before he could answer, the man displayed a handgun and forced his way into the car. Jacob told police he was forced to drive to a nearby 24-hour automated teller machine, where the gunman ordered him to withdraw money from his account. Jacob told police he gave the man more than $300 and was then ordered to drive the gunman to the 3400 block of Greenmount Ave. After arriving at that location, the armed man got out of the car and escaped.
ROBBERY: Eastern District -- Clyde Avery, 34, of the 5700 block of Denwood Ave., reported that he was standing at a bus stop in the 1700 block of E. North Ave. around 3 a.m. yesterday when he was accosted by two youths, one armed with an unknown-caliber handgun, who ordered him to give up his money. Avery told police he gave nearly $175 to the youths, who fled the scene on foot.
BURGLARY: Eastern District -- A resident of the 1900 block of Hope St. reported that someone broke into his home by removing bricks in an exterior wall. Once inside, police said the burglar entered a second-floor room and removed a chain saw, a shotgun, several tools and coins. Police said the property was valued at nearly $450.
ROBBERY TRY: Eastern District -- Police reported that a man attempted to rob the Trak Auto store in the 2000 block of N. Broadway yesterday evening but fled when a customer's yell frightened him. Steven Ward, a store employee, told police a man armed with a 5-inch-long knife entered the store around 7 p.m. and announced a holdup. Ward told police that when a customer cried out that a robbery was in progress the armed man fled the store without taking any money or property.
SHOOTING: Eastern District -- Wallace Booth, 21, of the 100 block of N. Rose St., reported that he was in the 2400 block of Eager St. around 11 p.m. Tuesday when he heard two gunshots and felt a stinging pain in his foot. Police said Booth was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound and was listed today in good condition. Police said they had no motive for the shooting and no suspect in custody.
THEFT: Eastern District -- Employees of the Baltimore Car Truck Rental Inc. in the 1700 block of N. Collington Ave. reported that someone entered a company-owned truck while the vehicle was parked on company property and removed several tools and a floor jack. Police said the tools and equipment were valued at $1,000.
THEFT: Eastern District -- Police reported that someone entered the property of Monument Ford in the 3400 block of E. Monument St. and removed the spare tire and cover from the rear of a van. Police said the equipment was valued at more than $200. Later, company employees reported that three tires and wheels were removed from another vehicle parked on the lot. Police said the tires and wheels had a total value of $900.
BURGLARY: Eastern District -- Officials of the Baltimore City Housing Authority in the 200 block of N. Broadway reported that someone broke into a home in the 1900 block of Eager St. that is undergoing renovation and removed a water heater and furnace. Police said the equipment was valued at $1,000.
THEFT: Eastern District -- Police reported that someone entered a construction site in the 900 block of N. Broadway and removed a 3-foot-long portable pipe-cutting saw. Police said the equipment was valued at $700.
THEFT: Eastern District -- An employee of Utz of Pennsylvania reported that someone broke into his truck while the vehicle was parked in the 2000 block of E. Lafayette Ave. and removed three cases of potato chips. Police said the snacks were valued at $40.