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String of home burglaries in south Baltimore Co.

Posted: 10:47 AM, Jan 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-14 17:46:11-05

Police are looking for a bold burglar who's been breaking into homes whether someone was there or not.

Baltimore County police believe the same man is behind a series of break-ins in the Baltimore Highlands and Landsdowne areas.

The burglaries have happened during early morning hours over the last two months, according to police.

Most of the burglaries happened in the Highland Village Apartments complex, police said, and people were home when they happened. The burglar has broken in by cutting a window screen or forcing a window open.
 
"I've looked over these reports and it appears that he's not interested in having any contact with any of the residents. He's going in and getting small items, he took a purse in one case, a wallet in another, a jar of coins in another case," Corporal John Wachter, with the Baltimore County Police Department, said. 

In some cases, the people living there woke up to find the man rifling through their belongings. Police said he ran off when he was spotted.

"We do keep the windows locked because I notice that they try to get window closest to the door so they can kind of get the screen and if your door unlocked, they can easily lift the window and unlock the door. So we know that's what they're doing," Julian Spate, who lives in the Highland Village Apartments, told ABC2

During one break-in, the burglar hit a resident on the head with a flashlight before running away. He’s mostly stolen money, police said.

Police are looking for an 18 to 25-year-old man, 5'9 to 5'10 with thin to medium build and a short choppy hair style.

Police say the break-ins happened at the following locations:

  • Nov. 6-7, 100 block of Twin Circle Way
  • Nov. 7: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way
  • Nov. 20: 4300 block of McDowell Lane
  • Nov. 20: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way (attempted break-in)
  • Nov. 22: 100 block of Twin Circle Way (attempted break-in)
  • Dec. 7: 4200 block of Twin Circle Way
  • Jan. 2-3: 4200 block of McDowell Lane
  • Jan. 8: 600 Block of Fifth Avenue

Anyone with information is asked to call police 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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