Woman is struck, robbed of purse
A 42-year-old Laurel woman was the victim of a strong-arm robbery early Sunday morning as she was waiting for a ride.
Police said the woman was standing at U.S. 1 and Patuxent Range Road in Jessup when an unidentified white male approached from behind and struck her face. The woman fell to the ground and struggled with the man, who took her purse containing $40. The man fled on foot.
The woman was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she was treated and released for minor injuries.
Trailer park fire labeled arson
Fire officials say arson was responsible for yesterday's early morning fire at a North Laurel trailer park.
Fire investigators found flammable materials beside a trailer at the 200 block of Center St. at the Midway Trailer Park, said Battalion Chief Donald Howell of the county fire and rescue services.
The 3:28 a.m. fire caused $1,000 in damage to the siding of the trailer. Howell said a smoke detector woke the residents, twin
sisters and a baby, and they escaped without injuries.
Another North Laurel trailer park fire Saturday night remains under investigation, Howell said.
The fire at Crescent Trailer Park at the 10000 block of Washington Blvd. caused an estimated $17,000 damage, destroying one trailer and moderately damaging another.
Cars tampered with, stolen in Columbia
Five cars were either tampered with or stolen from two Columbia neighborhoods over the weekend.
A 1987 Toyota MR-2 and a 1985 Mazda RX-7 were stolen overnight Saturday in the 6500 block of Quiet Hours Place. A 1989 Toyota Camry parked in the same court was reportedly tampered with.
Police said the Toyota was recovered in Severn before it was reported stolen.
Two Toyotas were reported stolen overnight Saturday in the 8300 block of Tamar Drive.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
7200 block of Harbor Lane: Between midnight and 8 a.m. May 13, someone tried to steal a 1984 Toyota Celica. The lock and ignition had been punched out.
block of Swan Point Way: Between 10 p.m. May 12 and noon May 13, someone popped the ignition to a 1989 Hyundai.
6500 block of Quiet Hours: At about 9 p.m. Monday, a 1988 Hyundai Excel was recovered. It had been stolen from Anne Arundel County.
8800 block of Tamar Drive: A window was smashed overnight Thursday, and a TV and VCR were taken.
8800 block of of Tamar Drive: A sliding glass door was found open and a window smashed overnight Friday. A TV and VCR were taken.
8700 block of Cloudleap Court: A window of an apartment was broken Friday night, and a stereo was taken.
6000 block of Majors Lane: A window was pried open over the weekend, and electronic equipment was taken.
11000 block of Woodelves Way: A window was broken, and a camcorder was taken Saturday night.
8900 block of McGaw Court: A window was pried open Saturday night, and clothes were taken from Boyz-Ville Outlet.
6300 block of Malindy Circle: A 1982 Datsun was stolen overnight Saturday.
6400 block of Barchink Place: A 1986 Honda with no tags was reported stolen overnight Saturday.
6200 block of Ducketts Lane: Between 9:35 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday, a gray 1987 Mazda 626 was recovered.
6200 block of Ducketts Lane: At about 9 a.m. Monday, a gray 1989 Mazda 626 was recovered. It had been stolen in Anne Arundel County.
block of U.S. 40: Between 2:30 a.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday, someone entered unsecured exterior doors and stole an air compressor, ladder, tile and plywood.
8600 block of Frederick Road: Between 8 a.m. Monday May 4 and 9 a.m. Thursday someone entered an unsecured door and stole cash and a military badge.
3200 block of W. Springs Drive: Between 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, someone stole a white 1988 Jeep Cherokee.
9500 block of Cissel Ave.: Between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, someone entered an unlocked door and stole cash from an envelope.
9200 block of Traders Crossing: Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, someone stole a gray 1977 Dodge.