A man broke into a home around 9 a.m. Monday and cut off the power before making off with stolen property. On his way out of the home, the suspect attacked a neighbor who was taking care of the homeowners' dogs.
"I was scared,” Gary Pitts said.
The incident happened in the 8700 block of Summit Ave. in Parkville. Bruises mark the encounter with the burglar and his attempts to get away.
Pitts survived something most people only see in movies.
"I was walking around the bed. Next thing I know, this guy jumps up," Pitts said. “He was round the other side of the bed. He had a hood on, sunglasses, and he had a lug wrench in his hand."
And by most accounts, that burglary wasn't the first.
"That incident was just one of many,” said Matt Sullivan who lives the the neighborhood with his wife, Kim.
Sullivan and his neighbor, Peggy Adamo live near where Pitts said he was attacked.
"My house was broken into.The neighbors house over there, and I think the people's house down the street,” Sullivan said.
We just lock our doors, and deadbolt our doors, and just keep an eye open,” Adamo said.
Neighbors say this latest burglary may not be the first, but they wonder if it will be the last, despite living less than a mile away from a police precinct.
"If they were to kind of monitor and drive up and down through the neighborhood, that would be helpful,” Kim Sullivan said.
Pitts said though the man was wearing a hoodie and sunglasses, he may have been a white male about 5’ 6" and got away in a blue SUV.
Baltimore County Police had not responded as of Tuesday night to a request seeking information on the other incidents neighbors reported.
If you have any information, you’re urged to call police.