ARRESTS: Western District -- After receiving several citizen complaints, police last night arrested 10 men as they loitered at a posted drug-free zone in the 500 block of Gold St. Officer John Obarzak said the men were warned several times to move before a patrol wagon and several officers arrived around 2:30 a.m. today and arrested them for loitering. Obarzak said none of the men had narcotics or weapons and that at least three of them were from sections of the city far from the 500 block of Gold St. Obarzak said one man was from St. Ambrose Avenue near Pimlico, another was from the 900 block of N. Calvert St. and a third from the 800 block of N. Glover St. All 10 were held overnight at the station pending a bail review hearing before a District Court commissioner.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Patricia Mitchell, of the 5700 block of Maplehill Road, reported she was in the 2200 block of W. Fayette St. Sunday when she was accosted by two men, one armed, who ordered her to hand over her purse. Police said the men escaped with the purse that contained cash and a diamond ring, all valued at more than $200.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police reported that a woman walking in the 700 block of Cumberland St. was assaulted Monday night by a man who robbed her of her purse containing cash and other property, all valued at more than $200. Police said the victim, Barbara Butler, of the 2500 block of Carnaby Drive, suffered minor injuries as a result of being struck in the face by the man.
ARRESTS: Southern District -- Police said four youths were being sought in connection with breaking into several railroad cars parked near the Francis Scott Key Middle School and stealing a large quantity of wine and wine coolers. Yesterday, police arrested 16 teen-age students and charged them as juveniles with breaking into the railroad cars and stealing the wine products. The arrests came after CSX railroad police arrested two youths recently for trespassing. Information from the two, police said, led to the arrests of another 14 and the search for the remaining four. Police said the 16 arrested yesterday attended Key Middle School in the 1200 block of E. Fort Ave., Southern High School, in the 1100 block of Covington St., and Herring Run Middle School, in the 5000 block of Sinclair Lane. All were charged with burglary and released into the custody of their parents. As a result of the arrests, police recovered 28 cases of wine and wine coolers. Railroad police are doing an inventory to determine whether any more cases were missing.
ROBBERY: Central District -- Eli Howard, whose address was not available, told police he was walking in the 900 block of Cathedral St. yesterday afternoon when he was accosted by a man armed with an unknown caliber handgun who demanded his money. Police said Howard gave up an undisclosed sum to the gunman, who escaped on foot.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Mizelle Gant, of the 500 block of Beaumont Ave., reported that while she was walking in the 5400 block of York Road yesterday morning she was approached from the rear by a man who asked her for the time. Gant told police that when she turned around, the man struck her on the head and stole the purse she was carrying. Police said the man escaped with cash and property, all valued at nearly $135.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Property valued at more than $2,000 was reported stolen from a house in the 1200 block of Cox St. Police said someone entered the house through a rear basement window and stole several pieces of jewelry and a shotgun.
THEFT: Northern District -- Lori Mullins, of the 1500 block of Union Ave., told police that following a party at her house over the weekend she discovered that someone entered a room and stole jewelry and clothing. Mullins told police food also was stolen. Police said the property was valued at more than $900.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 2100 block of Maryland Ave. told police that someone broke into a garage in the 3400 block of Greenmount Ave. that he rented and stole a safe, tools and several pieces of welding equipment. Police said the property was valued at more than $12,000 and that entry into the garage was gained by breaking a lock.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Police said property valued at nearly $900 was stolen from a dwelling in the 1900 block of Sulgrave Ave. after someone gained entry by forcing a rear door. Police said the intruder escaped with a camcorder and $40.
THEFT: Northern District -- Mark Anderson, of the 5400 block of Purlington Ave., reported that someone removed more than $200 worth of copper downspouting from the side of his home over the weekend.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 500 block of Harwood Ave. reported that someone forced their way into his home through the front door and stole two telephones and several cassette tapes. Police said the property was valued at more than $130.