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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2002
When car thieves decided to pick Dodge Neons as their target of choice in central and northern Baltimore County, the police response was unusual but quite specific. They sent letters to Neon owners in Towson, Carney and Cockeysville cautioning them: You could be next. More than 300 people who own or lease Neons were sent letters this month -- in the latest escalation in Baltimore County's crime-prevention efforts. Police use an automated telephone system that calls residents with a recorded message about a particular crime problem in their neighborhood.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2001
Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris voiced concern yesterday about a spike in car thefts and urged residents to join a statewide program to help stem the increase. "We need help from the public," Norris said during his monthly news conference, which was held at the department's gun range in Baltimore County. At the news conference, Norris also said he would like to upgrade the department's 9 mm handguns to more powerful .40-caliber handguns. "I don't want my officers outgunned on the street," said Norris, who fired off dozens of rounds with both types of guns yesterday in front of television cameras and photographers.
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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2001
A Baltimore police officer shot and killed a suspected car thief in Northwest Baltimore yesterday after the man claimed to have a gun and threatened to use it, police said. The suspect, 35, died at Sinai Hospital of two gunshot wounds to the abdomen, said Kevin J. Enright, a police spokesman. The man carried no identification and had not been identified last night, Enright said. Officer Stephen A. Coughlan, 32, who has served seven years in two stints on the force, was placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation of the shooting, Enright said.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | March 7, 2001
Last Wednesday, WBAL's newscasts could have been mistaken for a Fox special: "When Car Chases Have Murky News Value." Starting on the 5:30 p.m. news program on Wednesday, and spilling into the 6 p.m. show, anchors introduced live footage taken from the station's helicopter. A car that police thought had been stolen - the license plate didn't match the make - wouldn't pull over for a traffic stop near Woodlawn. Instead, it shot away, at times weaving and appearing to break speed limits and traffic laws.
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2001
The description of a getaway car after the armed robbery of a Linthicum gas station-food mart early yesterday resulted in the arrest of a Baltimore County couple linked to a convenience store holdup two days earlier in Ferndale, county police reported. Paul Anthony Walsh, 33, and Tammy Marie Garlic, 21, of the 100 block of Twin Circle Way in Halethorpe, were arrested about 5 a.m. on East Fort Avenue in Baltimore after Anne Arundel police broadcast a lookout for the car and couple fleeing a robbery at a Shell station in the 700 block of Nursery Road.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2000
Homicides doubled from three to six and reported incidences of rape rose 16.7 percent, from 24 to 28, in the first three quarters of the year compared with the same period last year, county police said yesterday. The crime statistics from January through September saw declines in some categories. Robberies decreased 37.6 percent in the period, from 178 last year to 111 this year. Motor vehicle thefts also declined, from 533 to 396 - a 25.7 percent drop. The department attributed the decline in robberies partly to the founding about a year ago of a unit dedicated to robbery investigations.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2000
The 14-year-old boy charged with driving a stolen car in last week's fatal Fort McHenry Tunnel crash was one of a group of youths who went on a joy-riding spree in at least five cars taken from several suburban neighborhoods, investigators said yesterday. Three youths in the group - two 15-year-old boys from Baltimore and a 14-year-old girl from Joppa - were arrested Tuesday night by Harford County sheriff's deputies, who also are seeking several more juvenile suspects in connection with the car thefts.
NEWS
By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | August 14, 2000
Baltimore County police - in conjunction with Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County officials - are beefing up traffic enforcement in the southwestern part of the county in an effort to curtail rising number of vehicle thefts. Police said 169 auto thefts and attempted auto thefts have occurred since March, a 45 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Officials began a weeklong campaign Saturday that includes using resources from six specialized units as well as increased patrols.
NEWS
By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | August 14, 2000
Baltimore County police - in conjunction with Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County officials - are beefing up traffic enforcement in the southwestern part of the county in an effort to curtail rising numbers of automobile thefts. Police said 169 auto thefts and attempted auto thefts have occurred since March, a 45 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Officials began a weeklong campaign Saturday that includes using resources from six specialized units as well as increased patrols.
NEWS
By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2000
After watching Nicholas Cage take less than one minute to steal a car in the action film "Gone in 60 Seconds," Baltimore County police are worried that people might walk out of a theater and think they can do the same thing. In response, they have increased patrols near the county's largest movie theater, The Avenue in White Marsh, and at Mass Transit Administration parking lots during evening hours, said Capt. Lee W. Russo, commander of the White Marsh precinct. "It could be another example of life imitating Hollywood.
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