VANDALISM: Central District -- Police reported that someone fired a shotgun at a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. transformer, atop a utility pole in the 700 block of George St. near Myrtle Avenue, destroying it and disrupting electrical service last night to hundreds of the utility's customers. Police said an area bounded by Pennsylvania and Fremont avenues and Hoffman and Franklin streets was without power beginning shortly after 8 p.m., and service was expected to have been restored early today.
JAIL ESCAPE: Eastern District -- Police today continued to search for two Baltimore City Jail inmates who escaped Monday by jumping into a trash truck moments before it left the jail. Police said James Williams, 29, of the 900 block of Seagull Ave. in Cherry Hill, who was awaiting trial for possession of narcotics and mail fraud, and Wayne Maurice Boyd, 37, of the 5900 block of Radecke Ave., who was awaiting trial for bank robbery and violation of probation, were being moved from an annex building at the jail to a holding area prior to court hearings when they escaped. Police said both men somehow climbed on top of a wire-covered tunnel that adjoins the two areas and jumped into the truck. When the truck left the jail the men reportedly jumped off and fled.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Two men broke into a check-cashing firm in the 900 block of N. Gilmor St., waited until an employee reported for work about 9:30 a.m. Monday, then robbed him of $32,000 in cash and $8,000 in food stamps. Police said the men gained entry into the Currency Exchange Sunday night but set off an alarm. The building was checked by police, who found nothing amiss and no signs of forced entry. Police said the intruders apparently hid inside a restroom and came out wearing ski masks after the employee arrived.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Steven Davis, of the 1500 block of E. Madison St., reported he was in the 300 block of E. Baltimore St. Monday night when he was accosted by two men who shoved him against the wall of a building and robbed him of more than $100.
THEFT: Central District -- Todd Mason, of the 4400 block of White Oak Ave., told police that someone broke into his parked car in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Ave. between Sunday and Monday and stole Marine Corps uniforms valued at more than $650.
THEFT: Central District -- Rosario Ferara, of the 3200 block of Fait Ave., told police that a VCR valued at more than $400 was stolen from his parked van in the 200 block of E. Redwood St. between Monday night and early yesterday.
THEFT: Central District -- Margaret Bacote-Newmad, a resident of Prince George's County, told police that someone broke into her parked car in the 200 block of E. Lafayette Ave. early yesterday and stole a sheepskin jacket valued at $700.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Ralph Graver, of the 2500 block of Eutaw Place, reported he was in the 900 block of Chauncey Ave. Monday when a man grabbed him from behind and held him while a female accomplice went through his pockets and stole more than $200.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Police today continued to seek a man who entered Barry's Video in the 2200 block of N. Charles St. Monday night and robbed an employee of about $200 while implying the bag he carried contained a handgun.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Police reported a 15-year-old boy was walking in the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave. early yesterday when a man with a semiautomatic handgun stopped him and robbed him of $2 and several video tape cassettes.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Allison Rich, of the 700 block of W. Saratoga St., reported she was walking in the 600 block of Martin Luther King Blvd. yesterday when two men, one with a pistol, robbed her of her purse containing cash and property, all valued at more than $600.
BURGLARY: Central District -- Police reported that property valued at more than $2,300 was stolen from a dwelling in the 2400 block of Callow Ave. over the New Year's holiday after someone forced open the front door. Police said the burglar escaped with a TV, VCR, and stereo recording and receiving equipment.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Gregg Clare, of the 1100 block of Guilford Ave., was walking in the 1100 block of Cathedral St. last evening when he was stopped by two men, one armed with a handgun, who robbed him of his cash and property of undetermined value.
ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Police reported that two women were walking in the 1500 block of Abbotston St. early yesterday when they were attacked by a man who struck each of them and robbed them of cash and property, all valued at more than $205. Police identified the victims as Laverne Smallwood, of the 4300 block of Harford Road, and Deborah Brown, of the 1500 block of Abbotston St. Police said neither victim was seriously injured.