Howard County police seek public's help with solving spate of burglaries

January 24, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Howard County police are asking the public for help solving a series of residential burglaries that have plagued three areas of the county in the last two months.

Since Dec. 5, at least 15 residential burglaries have occurred in West Columbia, many in the Longfellow and Faulkner Ridge neighborhoods in the Village of Wilde Lake, police say.

On Jan. 14, two teens were charged in connection with two break-ins in the area, and police are investigating to learn if the pair is responsible for more.

Police say that east Columbia and north Laurel neighborhoods also have experienced a large number of burglaries in recent weeks.

During the break-ins in west Columbia, burglars usually forced open basement windows, and once inside, took jewelry and electronic equipment, police say. Most of the burglaries have occurred between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to police.

So far, the only clue to a possible suspect is a sketchy description of a man wearing a Los Angeles Lakers cap and a bulky coat, police said. The man was seen Jan. 7 during a burglary on 10500 block of Tolling Clock in Faulkner Ridge.

Burglaries have also occurred in the 10600 block of Faulkner Ridge Circle; the 5000 block of Beatrice Way; the 5100 block of Evengeline Way; the 5200 block of Even Star Place; the 5300 block of Mad River Lane; the 5100 block of Phantom Court; the 5400 block of Hesperus Drive; the 5400 block of Harvest Moon Lane; the 5000 block of Eliots Oak Road and the 10600 block of Spotted Horse Lane and the 10600 block of Fable Row, police said.

Police suspect some of the break-ins may be related, but are unsure if one person or a group is responsible.

In east Columbia, police are investigating seven break-ins, dating back to Dec. 2, in the villages of Owen Brown and Oakland Mills, police say.

In most cases, burglars forced open basement windows or sliding glass doors between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and stole items including, coins, jewelry, baseball cards and a gun, say investigators.

The break-ins have occurred in the 6200 block of Loveknot Place; the 5900 block of Camelback Lane; the 9400 block of Farewell Road; the 7100 block of Winter Rose Path, the 6900 block of Bendbough Court, the 7300 block of Kerry Hill Court and the 6200 block of Tufted Moss.

In the southeastern part of the county, five residential burglaries have been reported in the Whiskey Bottom area of North Laurel since Dec. 26, police report. Three of the burglaries occurred between Jan. 15 and 19, police say.

During the crimes, burglars have kicked in front doors and taken electronic equipment, jewelry and firearms, police say.

Most of the burglaries have occurred about 5 p.m., police say. The burglaries were reported in the 9000 and the 9100 block of Moonshine Hollow, the 9100 block of Hitching Post Lane, and two in the 9200 block of Livery Lane.

Police urge anyone with information to call police at 313-2266 or 313-2220. Informants can remain anonymous by calling Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline at 276-8888, and may qualify for a cash reward up to $1,000 if a tip leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect.

To guard against becoming victims, residents are urged to lock doors, secure sliding glass doors with a trapping mechanism and have appropriate lighting, police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner said Friday.

Residents "shouldn't hesitate to report something suspicious," Sergeant Gardner said. He cautioned citizens to call police rather that take action themselves.

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