6 Ellicott City burglaries appear related, police say

November 14, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Several burglaries in Ellicott City neighborhoods over the past three weeks appear to be related, Howard County police said yesterday.

Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman, said six residential burglaries of single-family homes in Ellicott City have been reported since Oct. 27.

In each case, residents reported that the robbers kicked or forced open a door, ransacked the house and took thousands of dollars worth of computer and office equipment, guns and jewelry.

All of the break-ins apparently occurred between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Keller said.

Three of the homes, in the 2500 block of North Farm Drive, the 2500 block of Ashbrook Drive and the 10200 block of Raleigh Tavern Lane, were burglarized within a six-hour period Monday. The homes are in the same neighborhood along the Route 99 corridor west of Mount Hebron High School.

The other houses are in the 14600 block of Old Dragon Path, the 10200 block of Castle Hill Drive and the 9500 block of Longview Drive.

In one case, a shiny, dark vehicle -- possibly a Toyota or Nissan -- was seen parked outside a residence, Keller said.

Police are urging Ellicott City residents to install secure locks, outdoor lighting and a burglar alarm.

Suspicious vehicles or people should be reported as soon as possible, police said.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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