ARSON: Southeastern District -- Police and fire officials today were seeking the person or persons who set a three-alarm fire last night in the 6000 block of Eastern Ave. that caused extensive to moderate damage to three vacant store-front rowhouses. One of the buildings was destroyed. A spokesman for the city Fire Department said a firefighter assigned to Engine Co. 38 was injured when he fell through the floor of one of the burning stores. The extent of his injuries were not immediately known. The fire was first reported at 5:23 p.m. and went to three alarms by 6:11 p.m. At least 20 pieces of firefighting apparatus responded to the fire, which was declared under control at 6:24 p.m. Anyone having information about the fire should call the Police Department arson squad at 396-2645 or the fire investigation bureau at 396-2590.
HIT AND RUN: Northeastern District -- Police said the driver of a late-model white Pontiac is being sought in connection with a hit-and-run accident that occurred yesterday in the 4100 block of Erdman Ave. Denise Loughry, of the 3400 block of Dudley Ave., told police she was driving southeast in the 4100 block of Erdman Ave. about 1:30 p.m. when her car was struck from behind. Loughry reported that after talking to the male driver of the other car, he got back into his vehicle and drove off. Loughry told police she first thought the man was going to park the car and remain at the scene. She described the man as white with short brown hair, clean-shaven and in his mid-20s. Besides Loughry, a friend and two children, one a 3-week-old infant, who were in her car, were taken to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where they were examined for possible injuries and released. Police said anyone having information about the other driver should call Northeastern District at 396-2444.
ARRESTS: Western District -- Police arrested two men and recovered a handgun following the theft of 25 cents worth of potato chips from a shelf in the 7-Eleven store in the 2700 block of W. Franklin St. Police said shortly after an officer arrested a man for stealing the snack food, he took the man outside. The officer then walked toward a car occupied by a friend of the alleged thief when the officer saw the occupant place something under the seat. After back-up units arrived, police searched the car and found the weapon. Police said both men were being held at the station lockup pending theft and handgun charges.
SHOOTING: Southwestern District -- Police reported that a 13-year-old boy was listed today in good condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center after he was shot in the right knee Saturday afternoon while walking up the steps of a grocery store in the 2100 block of Hollins St. About a block from where the youth was hit, police found several casings from a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in the 2100 block of Boyd St. Police said the youth, whose name was withheld because of his age, was about to enter Jimmy's food market at 12:40 p.m. Saturday when he heard several gunshots and felt a pain in his right knee. The boy told police he didn't see who shot him and today police were attempting to learn if the youth was an intentional target or was shot by someone who may have been firing at someone else.
THEFT: Central District -- Police reported that someone broke into a vehicle owned by Hillel Soclof, of the 2400 block of Willow Glen Drive, while it was parked in the 1500 block of N. Charles St. over the weekend and removed property valued at more than $1,000.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Police reported that D. Chahal, of the 1000 block of Maiden Choice Lane, was in the 100 block of W. Lombard St. about 9 p.m. yesterday when he was accosted by two men who forced him to give up his money. Police said the men fled with $50 in property.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Robert Lee, of the 4600 block of Northwood Road, reported that while his 1986 Chevrolet was parked in the 1300 block of Crofton Road over the weekend, someone broke into the vehicle and removed a radar detector valued at $200. Police said entry was gained by breaking a window.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 2700 block of The Alameda reported that someone broke into her home and removed a stereo receiver, a cassette player and a VCR. Police said the property was valued at nearly $500 and that entry into the house was gained by breaking a pane of glass out of a door and then reaching inside to unlock the door.