For the second time in 15 months, the husband of Baltimore's mayor says someone tried to break into one of their personal vehicles.
According to a report on North Baltimore Patch, on Jan. 8 at around 1 a.m., Kent Blake rpeorted that someone had attempted to open a door on the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's 2001 Infiniti, which was parked near their Coldspring home. No property was taken, according to the report.
In November 2010, a satellite radio system was stolen from Kent Blake's car after he left the doors unlocked. The mayor's security team was outside the home at the time, but Kent Blake's vehicle was parked out of view, said spokesman Ryan O'Doherty at the time. The theft was discovered when Blake got into his car in the morning and realized the equipment was missing.
Last year, property crime in the city rose 4 percent due to a rise in burglaries and larcenies from vehicles.
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.
And former Mayor Sheila Dixon's home was burglarized in September 2011, with thieves ransacking the home and taking jewelry and video game systems.