ROBBERY/BEATING: Western District -- An off-duty city firefighter was beaten Tuesday afternoon outside his home after confronting two men he had argued with a few days earlier. Police said the incident began at 4 p.m. when Joseph Buster, 43, a firefighter with Engine Company 13 in the 400 block of McMechen St., heard the front window shatter at his house on the 1700 block of Druid Hill Ave. He saw two men outside whom he had argued with earlier after they allegedly opened a fire hydrant without authorization. Mr. Buster confronted them outside and struck one with a baseball bat, police said. But the two men, armed with a stick, a length of pipe and a golf club, knocked him down and hit him several times before fleeing. Mr. Buster was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center for an injured right eye, bruises and swelling. A hospital spokeswoman said Mr. Buster also was given a CAT-scan, which showed no any serious head or eye injuries. He was released yesterday, nearly 12 hours after the incident and sent home pending his return to duty. Police said that anyone with information about the two attackers is urged to call Central District police at 396-2411 or the Fire Department at 396-5689.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- A man armed with a handgun robbed a food store and a customer who entered the store during the robbery last night. Police said a man wearing a dark sweat suit and armed with a handgun entered the Corner Food Market in the 2000 block of Gough St. around 8 p.m. and ordered an employee to give him the contents of the cash register. After taking the money, the gunman turned toward a 23-year-old customer who entered and demanded his money. Police said the gunman fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
THEFT: Southeastern District -- A 27-year-old resident of the 200 block of S. Eaton St. reported that while her car was parked in the 200 block of S. Grundy St. between Monday night and Tuesday morning someone broke a window and stole a metal box containing more than $70 worth of hand tools. Police said value of the tool box and tools was $150.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- A resident of the 200 block of N. Rose St. reported he was walking in the 2000 block of Eastern Ave. over the weekend when he was attacked by four men who struck him with their fists before robbing him of his money. Police said the victim was taken to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple injuries and released. Police said a woman was with the men during the attack but that it was not known if she participated in the beating and robbery of the victim.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 6100 block of Marylane Drive and stole a VCR and several pieces of computer equipment. Police said the property was valued at more than $5,000. Entry was gained by forcing the front door.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 4400 block of Newport Ave. reported that someone broke into his home yesterday evening through the kitchen window and stole 50 compact discs. Police said the property was valued at more than $700.
THEFT: Northern District -- A Baltimore County man reported that someone entered a house he owns in the 3100 block of Crittenton Place and stole a .357 Magnum handgun from a basement storage area. Police said the weapon was valued at $500. A previous tenant is suspected of the theft.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police reported that a resident of the 700 block of Cator Ave. was walking in the 3600 block of Greenmount Ave. around 11 a.m. yesterday when he was stopped by four men, one armed with a semi-automatic handgun, who robbed him of cash and property, all valued at about $300.
THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of the 300 block of W. 31st St. told police that a man he knows entered his home and stole $300 and a large-caliber handgun. Police said the theft occurred sometime during a period of several days and the occupant was expected to seek a warrant for the man's arrest.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police said a man was robbed of his money late last night as he walked in the 1800 block of W. Fayette St. Police said the victim, a resident of the 2700 block of Reisterstown Road, reported he was walking alone at 11 p.m. when he was assaulted by a man who knocked him to the pavement and robbed him of $20.
BURGLARY/ARRESTS: Western District -- Employees of Imogene's Liquors in the 1800 block of W. Fayette St. reported that someone broke into their building early yesterday morning and stole property valued at more than $1,400. Later, police investigating the break-in arrested three suspects and were holding them at the station pending burglary charges.