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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Baltimore police found another suspect they say is linked to several street robberies of joggers and pedestrians across the city this month, this time arresting a man allegedly involved in the shooting of a man in Roland Park last week. Yahsim Vaughn, 23, was identified as one of two men responsible for wounding 36-year-old Zeb Drinkwater in the 4100 block of Roland Avenue just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 14. Police say Drinkwater was walking a friend to her car when they were approached by two suspects, who shot him. Police have said the shooting was an attempted robbery, and it came amid a string of street robberies that were particularly prevalent in the North Baltimore neighborhoods of Hampden, Roland Park and Remington.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Towson University police are investigating several off-campus, early morning robberies in the past two weeks. In three incidents since Sept. 7 police said victims were walking to or from apartment buildings when they were approached. In one on Sept. 11, in the 6300 block of York Road, north of Walker Avenue, the suspects were armed with handguns and knives. Two other cases, about a block away, in the 500 block of Castle Dr., on Sept. 7 and 16, police say suspects used physical force.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
Over a period of about five hours, a man was shot and two people were beaten early Wednesday in what police say is part of a surge in street robberies across the city. A wave of these street robberies over the last few weeks fit similar patterns of young adults or juveniles targeting distracted people and stealing their cellphones, wallets and other valuables and fleeing in cars, police said. Some cases involve suspects flashing guns, making threats or assaulting or shooting victims, according to victims and police reports.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
After a woman picked out a photo of Tyree Threatt and said he was the man who robbed her off Reisterstown Road a month and a half ago, Baltimore detectives quickly got a warrant for his arrest, and they hauled him down to Central Booking over the past weekend, where he was held in lieu of $75,000 bail. There was just one problem: Records show that the 21-year-old Baltimore man was jailed in another case at the time of the robbery. A public defender who represented Threatt this week says he laid out jail records before a judge Monday showing that his client had what might have been the best possible alibi.
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By Peter Hermann | March 26, 2012
Baltimore police arrested at least 30 people over the weekend as part of an initiative to combat the rising number of armed street robberies across the city, authorities announced on Monday. The arrests included suspects wanted on outstanding warrants and attacks that occurred in recent days, including an armed carjacking in North Baltimore on Thursday night and a robbery of a couple at gunpoint in South Baltimore early Saturday. Police said they are closing in on suspects in another attack in Mid-Town Belvedere, in which authorities said two youths on mountain bikes robbed a man of his cell phone and wallet on North Hunter Street, between Guilford and Calvert streets.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2001
Three recent armed robberies in Howard County, all linked to a pair of masked men, reflect a "higher incidence of firearms being used" in robberies this year, police said yesterday. Monday and the past two Saturdays, two shotgun-wielding men burst into local businesses and demanded that the employees open the cash register. In each robbery, the men were described as having an aggressive demeanor, wearing gloves and dark clothing, and fleeing on foot after grabbing money from the register.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1999
Robberies in Howard County rose about 63 percent in the first half of this year, and police said yesterday that it will take time for the 4-month-old robbery unit to have an impact.The surge in robberies contributed to a 28.6 percent increase in violent crime in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, according to new police statistics. Property crimes increased 2.8 percent.Some community leaders expressed concern, saying the county should be in line with the statewide trend of decreased crime.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | November 30, 1994
Howard County Police are investigating two armed robberies this week in which someone wearing a dark mask stole women's purses in parking lots in Ellicott City and Columbia.The robberies occurred within a day of each other, and police are investigating the possibility the same thief was involved. No one was injured in either incident.In the latest robbery, a masked gunman robbed a 51-year-old Ellicott City woman of her purse at 1:25 p.m. yesterday in the parking lot of Howard County Library's Ellicott City branch in the 9400 block of Frederick Road.
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By Susan Schoenberger | February 16, 1991
Four shotgun-toting robbers who turned Valentine's Day into a nightmare for patrons of Chi-Chi's restaurant in Timonium Thursday night may have been responsible for some of the 27 other shotgun robberies in Baltimore County since Jan. 1.Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman, said 13 commercial establishments have been robbed by shotgun-carrying bandits so far this year. In addition, 14 street robberies during the period have involved shotguns, he said.In January, there were 19 robberies in the county involving shotguns, compared with four such shotgun robberies in January 1990, Sergeant Doarnberger said.
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By Roger Twigg F | June 29, 1991
Baltimore residents, plagued by high crime and high tax rates, are used to seeing red. But on Tuesday they will begin to see some blue.That's when the Police Department will put 50 additional uniformed officers on the street in areas determined by computer analysis to have a need for such old-time policing, the department announced yesterday.Said spokesman Dennis S. Hill, "We realize in the summertime it stays light longer and more things are going on. We have isolated the problem areas and want to beef up foot patrols in those areas that need it. This is a fairly substantial contribution of people."
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
With murders, non-fatal shootings and street robberies up in 2013, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts emphasized in television interviews Monday that crime affecting "everyday citizens" was moving in the right direction.  "It's not throughout the city as a whole," Batts told WBAL-TV of the violence. "It's very localized and unfortunately, it's with African American men who are involved in the drug trade and 80 to 85 percent of the victims are involved in the drug trade going back and forth.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Baltimore police have increased patrols in north and northeastern Baltimore after a series of early morning robberies along The Alameda corridor. Police say the robberies have occurred between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., targeting people on the street or at bus stops. Blocks hit by the suspects include the 4400 and 5500 blocks of The Alameda, the 1100 block of E Northern Parkway, the 800 block of Argonne Drive and the 1500 block of Winford Road. In a Northern District email to neighborhood leaders, Maj. Kimberly Burrus, the commander of the district, said the latest robbery came at 5 a.m. Wednesday in the 3300 block of Beech Ave. Two suspects got out of the rear of a car and approached a man, who fled and made it home to report the incident.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Baltimore police found another suspect they say is linked to several street robberies of joggers and pedestrians across the city this month, this time arresting a man allegedly involved in the shooting of a man in Roland Park last week. Yahsim Vaughn, 23, was identified as one of two men responsible for wounding 36-year-old Zeb Drinkwater in the 4100 block of Roland Avenue just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 14. Police say Drinkwater was walking a friend to her car when they were approached by two suspects, who shot him. Police have said the shooting was an attempted robbery, and it came amid a string of street robberies that were particularly prevalent in the North Baltimore neighborhoods of Hampden, Roland Park and Remington.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
A woman was robbed Thursday morning in North Baltimore one block away from a mugging that took place the day before, continuing a trend of recent street robberies that worry police. Sometime after 8 a.m., three men described as being in their early 20s walked past the victim in the 300 block of Wyman Park Drive in the Remington neighborhood before one of them turned and snatched the woman's purse hanging on her right shoulder, Baltimore police said. The woman resisted and was dragged on the sidewalk before the suspects fled on foot with the purse, which carried the victim's cell phone, credit cards, keys and other belongings.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
Over a period of about five hours, a man was shot and two people were beaten early Wednesday in what police say is part of a surge in street robberies across the city. A wave of these street robberies over the last few weeks fit similar patterns of young adults or juveniles targeting distracted people and stealing their cellphones, wallets and other valuables and fleeing in cars, police said. Some cases involve suspects flashing guns, making threats or assaulting or shooting victims, according to victims and police reports.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
Early on an October morning, serial stickup man Evan Foreman and his partner got to work just minutes before the two check-cashing store employees in Baltimore's Old Goucher neighborhood. The two robbers waited by the door; then Foreman drew a gun and forced a woman to let them in as she opened up for the day. They wouldn't hurt her, Foreman told her, "as long as you don't do anything stupid. " With the store's safe opened and more than $21,000 in hand, the men fled in a black Pontiac Grand Am. The attack on Gold's Check Cashing was one in a string of commercial robberies by Foreman — a campaign of "urban terrorism" as a federal judge described it. Federal prosecutors say he started out robbing drug dealers but turned to easier prey after he severely beat one of his targets with a shotgun.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
The gunman held a small black revolver to the back of the man's head and demanded, "Give me what you got," according to the police report. He forced the victim to the pavement at Clement and Covington streets in South Baltimore, and took a wallet and cell phone. A second man tried to yank rings from the fingers of the victim's wife. When they wouldn't budge, he told her, "This ain't a joke," and ordered her to remove her jewelry, according to police. As the assailants pedaled away on bicycles with a 1.7 karat diamond ring and a white gold wedding band worth a total of $22,300, the couple had to bang on Clement Street doors to summon help.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1998
Sales and spirits are not the only things that rise during the Christmas shopping season, which officially opens today.Traditionally, crime goes up, too -- and in Baltimore County, three dozen officers have been shifted from administrative jobs and into patrol cars as part of a "Christmas deployment."The extra patrols include officers such as Gary E. Gephardt, who Wednesday put aside his usual work as a school drug education officer and climbed into a cruiser at Essex Precinct.For the next few hours, Gephardt drove along Back River Neck Road, sweeping in and around the busy commercial corridor with frequent stops.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Baltimore police say they are making progress after identifying a recent pattern of robberies in the Canton area.  In the past few days, there have been at least three robberies there, including a woman who had a gun placed to her head while unloading groceries at O'Donnell Square on Monday night. Around the same time, a man walking in the 300 block of S. Wolfe St. was robbed by two men of his wallet, including his military ID.  And the day before, a man was robbed while walking in the 2100 block of Fleet St. around 10 p.m. and was robbed by two men, one who had a silver revolver.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
An apparent robbery last week claimed the life of a psychology researcher and supporter of Baltimore youth music education, again calling attention to the issue of robberies in the city. After aggravated assaults, robberies are the second-most-prevalent violent crime reported to police - there have been more than 2,500 robberies so far this year - and are more likely to involve innocent victims. They are also more likely to happen throughout the city. Though Roland Park hasn't seen a shooting in years, there have been a handful of robberies at gunpoint this year, statistics show.
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