Crime Watch

January 16, 2008

Man, 20, shot leaving house in Edgewood

A 20-year-old Abingdon man was found in the 1700 block of Judy Way in Edgewood with multiple gunshot wounds shortly after midnight yesterday, authorities said.

Harford County sheriff's deputies, who were patrolling in the Brookside Drive community of Edgewood, said they heard several shots fired before finding Luke Darby lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

Darby, who was leaving a home on Judy Way after visiting friends, was approached by a man who shot him several times and then fled on foot, police said.

Members of Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company treated Darby before he was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore; his injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 410-836-5430. Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible. Callers should call the tip line at 888-540-TIPS. All information will be kept confidential.

Mary Gail Hare

School break-ins appear linked

City police investigating recent break-ins at two private schools - in which electronics worth more than $20,000 were taken - said similarities indicated the same person or people were responsible.

No arrests had been made.

Between Sunday afternoon and about 7 a.m. Monday, three classrooms in a science and math building at the Bryn Mawr School in the 100 block of W. Melrose Ave. were entered and computers, projectors, digital cameras and calculators - worth at least $20,000 - were stolen, according to a Northern District police report.

Entry was gained through an office window.

Between 10 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. yesterday, someone broke into elementary classrooms and an office at Boys' Latin School in the 900 block of W. Lake Ave., about a mile north of Bryn Mawr, and stole $230 and electronics valued at more than $1,800, police said.

Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said the points of entry in each case, the type of property taken and the times of the break-ins were too similar not to believe the burglaries are related.

Richard Irwin

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