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Another Attempted Robbery Outside Columbia Mall: Howard County Crime Roundup

The following information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.

Columbia: Attempted Robbery

At 7 p.m. on March 7, three unknown suspects approached a victim and his friend walking to a bus stop on the 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway and, according to police, asked if they could "see" their money. One suspect took the victim's wallet and threw it back, seeing the wallet was empty. Another suspect asked the second man if he had money, but the victim said that he did not. One of the suspects said they were "just messing" as the victims boarded the bus.

Ellicott City: Commercial Break-In

Shortly before 3 a.m. on March 8, an unknown number of suspects broke two windows at Carroll's Citgo, on the 8300 block of Baltimore National Pike, and stole a cigar display case. Police said no entry was made into the building.

Columbia: Commercial Break-In

Between Feb. 6 and March 6, an unknown number of suspects kicked in the padlocked door of a shed at Blandair Park, on the 6600 block of Route 175. Police said nothing was reported stolen.

Ellicott City: Break-In

Between 9:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. on March 7, an unknown number of suspects pried open the front door of a residence on the 4900 block of Dorsey Hall Drive, stealing prescription medication, DVDs, CDs, and a music dock.

Columbia: Break-In

Between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. on March 7, an unknown number of suspects entered an apartment on the 10700 block of Hickory Ridge Road and stole cash.

Ellicott City: Break-In

Shortly after 12 p.m. on March 6, a witness saw two suspects on the roof a burned out house, on the 5600 block of Waterloo Road. Officers arrested two Ellicott City men, and charged one with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft and trespassing. Police charged the second suspect with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft, drug charges, destruction of property and false statement to an officer.

For questions about this blotter, e-mailĀ brian.hooks@patch.com.

JH March 09, 2012 at 09:54 PM
More thugs on the Columbia landscape. Is this the urban experience that peole are looking for? Call on our elected leaders to keep the criminal element out of Columbia. What is the Columbia Association doing about the matter? And the Howard County Executive and Council Chairwoman? Get with it people.
Sean Colin March 10, 2012 at 12:48 AM
How can his be???? Weren't we told that the reason the county wanted to use speed cameras was to leave officers free to concentrate on other crimes?? With so many freed up man hours , why are these types of criminal activities still happening??
Kim March 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I'm moving and I am telling everyone I know in Columbia and outside it is because after 15 years of living here I am now afraid. I just hope this isn't driving property values down even more.
Anne March 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Police hours @ the Mall in Columbia are being slashed/eliminated because tax revenues are down. And where are these decreasing tax revenues generated? From property taxes. If you are a regular reader of the Flier, you must have seen the decrease in assessed value for homes in different areas of Howard County & Columbia. The charts listed the information by zip codes so that there could be NO mistake as to where housing prices were declining. Every three years, your home or rental property is reassessed as to its value & you pay a millage rate on that figure. If the value decreases w/o the millage rate increasing, then your government collects less money & has less to spend. Simple.
Robert Rey August 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Kim, I agree. The problem with Columbia is that it is a stones throw from one of the worst city in the country, Baltimore. I soon am going to invest in personal protection. You must be aware of your surrondings at all times. Especially at the mall.
Marie DeLima Haavik October 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I still feel safe in Columbia. The crime log here is nothing compared to other cities/counties/areas of the surrounding areas. Just cross over to Catonsville for example. I believe there has always been crime in Columbia, just like any other place. Alot of these crimes are due to unlocked vehicles and open garages. Not all, of course, but Columbia is my home. I've lived in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. I feel safer there than anywhere else. I believe we have a rare thing in Columbia and that is neighbors watching out for neighbors. There will always be isolated incidents.

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