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2nd District robberies possibly part of larger trend in Baltimore County

Posted at 2:53 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 17:14:15-04

Baltimore County residents and proprietors may need to be on guard after a recent string of robberies in the county’s second district.

Baltimore County Police Command Staffs in the Pikesville and Franklin precincts are working to address the recent rash of robberies, which are all currently under investigation, according to a post Baltimore County Second District Councilman Izzy Patoka's Facebook page. In recent days, the Shoppers and the Subway, both at 110 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, were each robbed, as was the Royal Farms at 11510 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, the Royal Farms at 6607 Falls Road in Baltimore, the Royal Farms at 15 Hanover Pike in Reisterstown, and the Rite Aid at 11917 Reisterstown Road in Reisterstown.

Baltimore County Police could not confirm the individual incidents Patoka's post referred to, but a spokesperson did saw the department has spotted a trend beginning around June 5 that is being investigated by the Robbery Unit. Police said there have been a series of similar armed robberies, all occurring between 8 p.m. and midnight and targeting convenience stores, carry out food restaurants, dollar stores and similar establishments. The robberies occurred in the second district, as well as the third, fourth, and sixth districts.

Community members are encouraged to attend the Franklin police community relations council meeting at the Franklin precinct, 606 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown, at 7 p.m. held every Tuesday.

“We must unite and work together to help keep our communities and neighborhoods safe,” said the post on Patoka's Facebook page. “I commend the Baltimore County Police Department for its incredible response to these incidents."