Police fighting robberies, Towson merchants told

June 06, 1996|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

Seeking to quell merchants' concerns about crime in Towson, Baltimore County's new police chief assured a business group yesterday that officers are fighting robberies in Loch Raven area shopping centers and juvenile rowdiness along York Road's retail corridor.

"The success of Towson businesses depends on the quality of life in the community," said Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, who spoke at the annual meeting of the Towson Business Association (TBA).

Sheridan, who has been chief about two months, said a robbery detail has reduced holdups at the four shopping centers at Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. He did not provide details. Holdups have become a cause of concern among nearby residents in recent months.

The chief also said that foot patrols continue their efforts to thwart youthful gatherings in the heart of Towson.

Teen loiterers have been a nagging problem for years at the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, around the Towson Commons movie and restaurant complex. As the temperature rises, so does the number of young people.

"We are monitoring juvenile problems around Towson Commons," Sheridan told the group of about 60. Under Operation Curbing Unlawful Behavior (CUB), police tell youths to move along and issue warnings or citations to those who do not obey.

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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