Reisterstown home-invasion suspect seized

Car device aids police

woman, 77, is the victim

April 12, 2005|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police credited a stolen-car tracing device yesterday in the arrest of a man suspected of forcibly entering an elderly Reisterstown woman's home at gunpoint a few hours earlier and stealing her car and other property.

The 77-year-old victim had answered a noontime knock at the door of her home in the 100 block of W. Cherry Hill Road and was pushed back by a gunman who tied her hands behind her back and took cash, jewelry and an antique handgun, said county police Sgt. Vickie Warehime.

The robber fled in the woman's 2004 Toyota Avalon.

Managing to free herself, the woman - whose name was not divulged - called police, and noted that her car was equipped with the LoJack vehicle-location system.

The car's LoJack code number was provided to the crew of a city police helicopter, and the officers used its code number to obtain geographic coordinates for its location - spotting it parked in the 3400 block of Frederick Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, Warehime said.

Officers on the ground were directed to the scene and arrested a 48-year-old suspect as he walked toward the vehicle, Warehime said, adding that property believed taken in the robbery was recovered.

Police said the man also is a suspect in a violent break-in March 31 at a house on Brightside Avenue in Pikesville. The robber stole property and shoved an 87-year-old woman in a wheelchair down her basement steps, Warehime said, adding that the victim remains hospitalized.

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