Radio stolen from car belonging to mayor's husband

Officials say vehicle might have been left unlocked

November 11, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A satellite radio system was stolen from the vehicle of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's husband near their home in North Baltimore, officials confirmed.

The incident occurred Thursday morning, and officials said it appeared that the doors to the vehicle had been left unlocked.

The mayor's security team was outside the Coldspring home at the time, but Kent Blake's vehicle was parked out of view, said spokesman Ryan O'Doherty. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the theft was discovered when Blake got into his car in the morning and realized the equipment was missing.

Officials declined to comment further.

In February, Baltimore police and the Downtown Partnership launched a public relations campaign aimed at curbing car break-ins, asking people to help by not leaving items of value in their vehicles.

"We just need people to be responsible. Common sense. Secure your valuables," Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said at the time.

City crime statistics show that as of Nov. 1, larcenies from automobiles this year were down 9 percent compared with the same period last year. However, they were up 6 percent in the Northern District, where Rawlings-Blake lives.

City officials, including past mayors, have not been immune from crime. In 2003, a 22-year-old homeless man was charged with stealing a gym bag from a truck parked behind the home of then-Mayor Martin O'Malley.

In 1972, Mayor William Donald Schaefer had a watch valued at $42 snatched from his wrist as his arm dangled out of his car at a stoplight. Schaefer chased the man but lost him. In 2007, a man was shot near the home of Mayor Sheila Dixon and sought help from an officer stationed outside her Southwest Baltimore home.

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who lives in East Baltimore, obtained a permit to carry a concealed handgun after he said he had been threatened by drug dealers.

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