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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

February 10, 1993

Crime up 4.3 percent in Maryland's capital

A 4.3 percent increase in crime in Maryland's capital last year was fueled largely by a significant increase in robberies, assaults and car thefts.

Annapolis police reported that robberies increased by 17 percent, from 162 to 190, while assaults rose 24 percent, from 220 in 272, in 1992.

There were increases in six of the seven major crime categories, all except larcenies.

Crime increased statewide by 1 percent last year, state police said. Annapolis police released the city's crime statistics yesterday.

Police Chief Harold Robbins blamed the crime increase on problems related to the economic downturn and increased reporting of crimes.

"I would say it's probably a combination of the economy, the unemployment rate and the cutback in entitlement programs," he said.

City police noted that property crimes -- purse snatchings, armed robberies, burglaries and car thefts -- increased the most.

The city also had two murders last year, compared with one in 1991.

Mr. Robbins said an increased focus on crime prevention in the city may have increased the number of incidents reported to the police.

"When the confidence level is increased in the police, there's a higher level of reporting," he said.

Other crimes that increased were rape, from 25 to 29; burglaries, from 547 to 606; and car thefts, from 103 to 123.

In the first six months of 1992, crime rose by 10 percent, but the rate slowed during the second half.

Man found in pond died of hypothermia

A 28-year-old South County man found partially submerged in a small pond near his home Sunday died of hypothermia, the state medical examiner ruled Monday.

Raymond Maury Hardy, who lived in the first block of Lyons Creek Mobile Estates, was found by his family in the pond behind the trailer park about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Capt. Michael P. Fitzgibbons, who heads the police Criminal Investigation Division, said the body was partially clothed and submerged from the waist down in the frigid water. Mr. Hardy was lying face-up, with his upper torso on a bank.

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