Baltimore County Police are asking for the public's assistance identifying a burglar who struck a home in Essex.
Police said the burglar occurred in the 1600 block of Williams Avenue at about 12:35 p.m. Oct. 2. Surveillance video from a neighbor's home shows the burglar walking through the eventual victim's yard, attempting to enter the garage.
The burglar appears on security footage later, exiting the garage with a sledge hammer police suspect was used to enter the home through a window. Cash and jewelry were stolen before the burglar left through a rear door.
Police say similar incidents have occurred in the Middleborough area of the Essex Precinct since September, specifically two homes on Hilltop Avenue and another on Windjammer Court. Burglaries usually occur during daytime hours, mostly in the early afternoon. Windows are the most common point of entry for burglars.
Police are asking residents to stay aware of the suspect or other suspicious people in the neighborhood. Call 911 if you see the suspect or spot suspicious behavior.
If you have information that might identify the burglar or lead to an arrest, contact the Baltimore County Burglary Unit at 410-307-2020. The burglary remains under investigation.