ROBBERY: Central District -- A resident of the 400 block of E. Lafayette Ave. was walking in the 1700 block of Guilford Ave. when she was stopped by a man who asked her for money. Before the woman could reply, the man grabbed her purse and ran. The woman told police the purse contained a small sum of money and personal property.
ROBBERY: Central District -- A man and a woman were walking in the 1800 block of N. Charles St. around midnight Tuesday when a man approached from the rear and stole the woman's purse. Police said her escort chased the thief for several blocks but was unable to catch him. The woman told police her purse contained cash and property, all valued at less than $25. No injuries were reported.
ARSON: Southern District -- Someone set fire to two vacant rowhouses in the 1500 block of Olive St. last night. The houses also were set afire early Monday after someone ignited furniture that had been placed on the street after the occupants were evicted. Yesterday's fire was reported at 11:28 p.m. and was declared under control in less than 20 minutes. As in the earlier fire, no injuries were reported.
ASSAULT: Northwestern District -- Police today were seeking a man who poured rubbing alcohol on a woman early yesterday and then attempted to set her ablaze. Police said the woman, a resident of the 3800 block of Fairview Ave., was in the 3700 block of Fairview Ave. shortly before 2 a.m. and was arguing with a man when he poured the flammable liquid on her. Police said the man then struck a match and was about to ignite the alcohol when the woman fled. Police said the woman was not injured.
ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A resident of the 3500 block of Oakmont Ave. reported she was in the 3600 block of Oakmont Ave. shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday when she was assaulted by a man who reached into her pants pockets and stole $70.
ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A resident of the 1100 block of Nanticoke St. in South Baltimore was walking in the 5300 block of Park Heights Ave. about midnight yesterday when a man approached from the rear and stole her purse. Police said the purse contained cash and property, all valued at nearly $50.
BURGLARY: Northwestern District -- A resident of the 3700 block of Glen Ave. reported that someone broke into his garage and stole several tires and at least two bicycles. Police said the property was valued at $300.
ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A woman was robbed of her jewelry yesterday morning when a man stopped to talk to her in the 3300 block of Oakford Ave. The victim, a resident of the 4100 block of Labyrinth Road, reported she was out for a walk about 11 a.m. when she was approached by a man who began talking to her. Moments later, police said, the man snatched several pieces of jewelry the woman was wearing and fled. The victim told police the jewelry was valued at $200.
THEFT: Northwestern District -- Officials of the city Department of Recreations and Parks said someone broke into one of their buildings in the 4100 block of Callaway Ave. between July 24 and yesterday and stole public address equipment and a stereo turntable. Police said the property was kept in a locked closet and that there were no signs of forced entry. The value of the property was not known.
BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- A resident of the 4700 block of Sayer Ave. reported that someone entered his home through an unlocked screen door and stole property valued at $400. The occupant told police the intruder escaped with a purse containing cash, jewelry and personal identification.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A man armed with a handgun accosted a resident of the 1400 block of N. Ellamont St. as he walked in the 3200 block of Baker St. and demanded his money. Police said the gunman fled with cash and property, all valued at $100.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Employees of a store in the 4500 block of Erdman Ave. reported that someone broke into the building early Tuesday morning and stole property valued at nearly $200. Police said entry into store, called Ye One-Eyed Snake, was through a front window. The intruder escaped with a gym bag, jacket, T-shirts and jewelry.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 4700 block of Shamrock Ave. reported that someone entered the back yard of his home and stole four lawn chairs. Police said the furniture was valued at more than $100.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police reported a resident of the 3400 block of Elmora Ave. was walking in the 2500 block of Greenmount Ave. about 2 a.m. yesterday when he was attacked by two men who robbed him of more than a dozen keys after he was sprayed in the face with a chemical irritant.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- An employee of Harry Little's Sub Shop in the 500 block of E. 25th St. reported that someone broke into the building between Tuesday night and yesterday morning through a second-floor window and stole less than $10.