Police describe break-in at Waverly Y at Stadium Place

May 09, 2012|By Peter Hermann

Four young men broke into a community center at Stadium Place in Waverly early Tuesday and stole a 60-inch television, a portable oxygen tank and food, and also damaged a vending and bank machine, Baltimore police said Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the Y of Central Maryland had said on Tuesday that the break-in was confined to the lobby of the building on East 33rd Street, the site of the old Memorial Stadium. She had declined to say if anything was taken, but said damage was quickly cleaned up.

The police report details far more extensive damage, with surveillance cameras showing the men entering the building through an unlocked door to a pool pump room even as members of an overnight cleaning crew were working inside.

Authorities said the men came and went three times, at least once carrying a shovel and a pole, and propping a door open with an object. The police report also says the cleaning crew, when they left, did not set any of the burglar alarms.

The report says the men first got into the building at 12:45 a.m. and left at 12:52 a.m. The cleaning crew had arrived at 10 p.m, when the last staff member departed, and stayed until 1:15 a.m. Police said the men returned to the Y at 1:14 a.m. and again at 1:49 a.m. They stayed until 3:01 a.m.

Getting into the pool pump room, police said, “assisted the suspects in gaining entry to the rest of the building,” the report states.

Police said the cleaning crew did not report any disturbance to police, and that it was an employee who called police after he opened up the YMCA about 5 a.m.

One young man was described as black with a medium complexion, 18 to 25 years old, weighing about 155 pounds and standing about 6 feet tall. Police said he was seen on tape wearing a tan button-down work shirt, dark jeans and a gray baseball cap. Two other men were described with similar facial and body traits, but wearing black hooded sweat shirts and jeans. Police did not provide a description of the fourth man.

The police report describes the interior of the building as ransacked, and that food and vending machines, as well as an ATM, were vandalized. The report says the men rifled through at least one desk drawer and broke a lock before steeling the television and other items.

Officers reported finding empty plastic containers and soda bottles on the lawn outside the YMCA.

Sara Milstein, spokeswoman for the Y of Central Maryland, said no money was taken and described most of the damage as confined to the lobby area. She denied that an oxygen tank had been stolen.

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