VANDALISM: Southern District -- Police reported that someone broke into the First Baptist Church of Brooklyn in the 3800 block of 5th St. yesterday and painted several Nazi insignias on the floor and walls with red paint. Police said nothing appeared to be missing from the church and that a special unit of the police department that investigates such incidents is attempting to learn who defaced the building and their motive. Police said red paint was used to draw some of the Nazi symbols, while others were drawn with a felt-tip pen. Police said anyone with information about those responsible for the vandalism is urged to call the Southern District at 396-2499.
SHOOTING: Eastern District -- Police reported that the owner of an auto repair service in the 2300 block of Harford Road was listed today in serious but stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was shot last night during an attempted armed robbery. Police said Lonny Farley, 52, of the 500 block of N. Robinson St., was in the garage around 6 p.m. yesterday when a man armed with a handgun entered and demanded money. Police said when Farley told the gunman he had no money, the man ordered Farley to tell him who else was in the garage. Police said when Farley's son, whose name was not immediately available, came out of a back room, the gunman ordered both men into a rear storeroom. Police said when Farley and his son entered the room, they shut the door behind them and locked it. Moments later, Farley opened the door to see if the man was gone and was shot in the mouth. Police said the gunman fled while Farley's son summoned an ambulance.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Wayne Davis, of the 800 block of N. Carey St., reported he was in the 1200 block of W. Lafayette Ave. when he was accosted by two men, one armed with a handgun, who demanded his money. Police said the gunman and his accomplice escaped with nearly $100.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Lonnie Harris, of the 1400 block of Division St., told police he was robbed of his wallet and $32 by a man who attacked him as he walked in the 1400 block of N. Mount St. and knocked him to the ground.
ROBBERY/ARREST: Western District -- Police arrested a 25-year-old man and charged him with robbing Doris Thomas, of the 1700 block of Harlem Ave., of her purse as she was walking in the 1600 block of N. Calhoun St. Later, police arrested John Cook, of the 5000 block of Ready Ave., and charged him with assault and robbery. Police said Thomas' purse was recovered when the man was arrested. Police said Cook appeared before a District Court commissioner who ordered him held in lieu of $2,500 bail.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Dorothy Arrington, of the 2000 block of Herbert St., reported she was in the 1900 block of N. Pulaski St. when she was approached from behind by a man wearing a sweat suit who stole her purse. Police said the man escaped with the purse that contained more than $300 and a Baltimore Department of Social Services identification card.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Colenia Lyles, of the 6100 block of Marquette Road in eastern Baltimore County, reported she was in the 1500 block of W. Mulberry St. when she was accosted by two men, one armed with a handgun, who forced her to give up her money and property. Police said the men fled with cash and personal items valued at more than $1,000.
BURGLARY/ARREST: Southwestern District -- Police responding to a burglary in progress at the Royal Oil Corp. in the 2100 block of Gable Ave. entered the building and arrested a man who had broken in. Police said nothing appeared to be missing and that the man was taken to the station, where he was being held pending charges and a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Grover Sizemore, of the 100 block of S. Monroe St., reported he was in the first block of S. Monroe St. when he was assaulted by a man who beat him with a piece of wood and robbed him of a pack of cigarettes.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 2700 block of the Alameda reported that someone broke into his home through a second-floor window and removed a safe and stereo equipment. Police said the property was valued at more than $700 and that a 22-year-old woman resident of the 2700 block is being sought in connection with the break-in.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 5200 block of Darien Road and removed a VCR and other items. Police said the property was valued at more than $400 and that entry was gained by forcing open the rear kitchen window.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Gregory Johnson, of the 1600 block of Burnwood Road, reported that while his car was parked near his home, someone broke into the vehicle and removed property valued at more than $300.