ESCAPE: Eastern District -- Officials of the city's Pre-Release Unit in the 900 block of Greenmount Ave. reported that an inmate serving a 12-year term for assault and related charges escaped yesterday and remains at large. Police said Maurice J. McCormick, 46, whose last known address was the 2000 block of Walbrook Ave., was reported missing shortly before 5 p.m. Police said McCormick was halfway through his 12-year prison term following convictions in 1984 for assault with a deadly weapon and a handgun violation when he escaped. Police said there were no signs of forced exit anywhere in the facility and that an investigation of the escape is continuing.
THEFT: Central District -- Darrell Herbert, of the 2100 block of Park Ave., reported that someone broke into his car while it was parked near his home yesterday evening and stole property valued at more than $1,000.
ASSAULT: Central District -- Diane Bell, of the 2500 block of Symphony Lane in the Gambrills section of Anne Arundel County, reported that while she was riding in a car yesterday evening in the 1400 block of N. Eutaw St., one of several men standing on the street threw a bottle at the car. Bell told police the bottle shattered the window next to her and that bits of glass struck her in the face. Police said Bell was taken to the Wilmer Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of lacerations near the eyes and released.
THEFT: Central District -- Ray Johnson, of the 2000 block of Brunt St., reported that while his truck was parked in the 1900 block of Brunt St. between Tuesday and yesterday someone broke a window and stole more than $2,000 worth of assorted hand and power tools.
THEFT: Central District -- Police reported that someone broke into a 1987 Saab yesterday evening while it was parked in the 200 block of E. Centre St. and stole several pieces of property. The victim, Anastasia Gregory, of the first block of S. Chester St., told police the property was valued at more than $200.
ROBBERY/ARREST: Northern District -- Police arrested two men and were seeking a third in connection with the armed robbery yesterday evening of a service station in the 500 block of E. 33rd St. Police said a female employee was in the office at 6:30 p.m. when she was followed into a back room by a man with a handgun. Two other men stood at the station's front door as lookouts. Police said the gunman robbed the employee of several hundred dollars and fled with his two accomplices. Later, police arrested two suspects near the scene and recovered the money taken in the holdup. Police said Leo Butler, 33, of the 600 block of Cator Ave., and Clarence Knox, 30, of the 2400 block of Linden Ave., each was charged with armed robbery and related offenses. Police said Butler was a former employee at the station and that both men were held overnight at the station pending a bail review hearing before a District Court commissioner.
THEFT: Northern District -- Gregory Johnson, of the 3900 block of Beech Ave., told police his 1989 Chevrolet van was parked in the 700 block of W. 40th St. Wednesday night when someone broke into the vehicle and stole power tools valued at nearly $400.
THEFT: Northern District -- J. Kirkland, of the 2400 block of Keyworth Ave., reported that someone entered her home between Wednesday evening and yesterday morning and stole more than $100 worth of computer game equipment.
THEFT/ARREST: Northern District -- Police arrested a man and charged him with attempting to steal a vacuum cleaner from Sinai Hospital in the 2400 block of W. Belvedere Ave. Police said the man was caught attempting to leave the hospital with the vacuum, valued at $200. Charged with theft and held overnight at the station pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner was Charles Jordan, of the 3600 block of Callaway Ave.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Employees of the Jones Falls Center in the 900 block of W. 36th St. reported that someone broke into the building between Tuesday and yesterday and stole a TV, microwave oven and cash. Police said the property was valued at more than $700 and that entry was gained by forcing open a second-floor rear door.
THEFT: Northern District -- William Norman, of the 800 block of W. 35th St., reported that someone entered his home between Dec. 29 and Wednesday and stole a multi-speed mountain bike and a child's bike safety seat. Police said the property was valued at nearly $200.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 200 block of Upnor Road reported that someone broke into her home through a rear door and stole a diamond and sapphire cocktail ring. Police said the ring was valued at more than $1,000.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Esther Saltzman, of the 2300 block of Brightleaf Way, reported she was walking near her home around 5:30 p.m. yesterday when a man approached her from behind and stole her purse. Police said the man escaped with cash and property, all valued at more than $200.