Church Break-in, Armed Robbery: Howard County Crime Roundup

This information was obtained by the Howard County police department.


Howard County Police are looking for two teenagers in connection with an armed robbery in Laurel.

According to police, the victim was sitting in his car on the 9300 block of Canterbury Riding just after midnight on Saturday when a young woman asked to use his phone. According to the victim, when he gave her the phone, a young man approached him, showed a gun and demanded money. 

The victim surrendered his wallet and money, according to police, and then the suspect demanded the keys to the victim’s vehicle. The victim handed over the keys and the suspects fled toward All Saint’s Road. 

Police say they are looking for:

  • Suspect 1: Sixteen-year-old male about 5-foot-6 wearing a black or blue hooded sweatshirt
  • Suspect 2: Sixteen-year-old female about 5 feet with braided hair.

Sometime between last Wednesday and Saturday, suspects used a sprinkler head to force a back window open of the Glenwood Baptist Church on the 3800 block of Route 97, according to police. Several guitars and an amplifier were reported missing.

Nothing was reported missing from Bell Wireless Center on the 6400 block of Dobbin Center Road, according to police, but suspects broke out a side window with a cinder block and got inside sometime between last Thursday evening and Friday morning.                      

On Saturday, suspects entered a home on the 2600 block of Florence Road in Mt. Airy at about 7:20 a.m., according to police. The suspects entered through an open garage door and an unlocked interior door. Police say suspects stole car keys and a car with the tags MD 7CDD09.

Suspects entered a home on the 7000 block of Garden Walk on Sunday between 1 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., according to police. The suspects gained entry through an unlocked door in the back of the house and stole a purse, wallet and laptop computer, according to police.

A Columbia man and a Baltimore man were arrested for stealing a Kawasaki ATV from the 8900 block of Old Montgomery Road on Monday. The two face unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft.

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Anne October 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Baltimore City is now preparing to move 400 families a year for the next 10 years to areas deemed to have better jobs, housing & employment opportunities. This action is in response to a lawsuit successfully prosecuted by HUD against the city after it destroyed the low-income high-rise buildings which used to grace Baltimore's skyline. Apparently the City did not find replacement housing for the former residents which met w/ the federal government's approval. Now consider for a moment that Mayor Rawlings-Blake has stated that she wants 10,000 new families to move to Baltimore (its population has been in decline). If the City is moving 4000 families OUT (and guess WHERE the good jobs & better housing are located) then simple mathematics require 14,000 new families to move to Charm City! Even George W. Bush's daughter & her husband moved out not too long ago from a very pricey townhouse in one of Baltimore's best neighborhoods. Let your political "leaders" know that you are NOT pleased with this state of affairs & if these inner city residents want to move, send them to Prince George's County: they'll fit in quite nicely there!
Greg G. October 17, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Crime will continue to rise as long as the commissioners office keep letting these criminals off with no real consequences. IE setting burglar's free on $15,000 bail..that means all they needed was $1,500.00. Crime's are becoming more violent in Howard County as a result of moving the criminal element into our area. Andrew..you going to help us out and get us the point of contacts?
Mary October 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Good thing I moved away. I would not want to be any place Bush's daughter is. There are criminal elements everywhere, and in all levels of society. No one is afraid of the justice system. What justice system? It is broken, from the Supreme Court down. The question is, how can we, from all economic and social levels, become part of a solution instead of part of the problem?
Peter Monaghan October 19, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I think everyone is missing the point with their responses. There is no one 'magic' response to the question of, "What's causing this problem?" And, furthermore, whatever is causing the spike in violent and invasive crime seems to have occurred in the past year. A closer look at the crime blotter reveals that the criminal element traverses the demographics for this area, thus rendering most previous responses moot. To me, it seems that ever since Columbia/Ellicott City was named the 2nd best place to live in the Forbes poll these types of crimes started to appear more frequently.
Greg G. October 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Peter the problem is that there are huge amount of foreclosures in Baltimore. The state is giving out all sorts of discount vouchers for section 8 housing. Also, people cannot sell their little profit makers townhouses so they are renting them. This is bringing in an element that could never afford to live in this area. It is wolves to the lambs as Columbia is not prepared for this kind of thing thanks to ken Ulman and friends. When they started over developing this area the police presence was supposed to be increased by about 50 officers a year for three years. This has not happened. Therefore the per capita of people to police has dramatically changed. Throw in idiots that do not check with the DA's office before setting bail and they basically see their are no real consequence for their behavior and crime escalates. It is now systemic and exponentially increasing. This is why government officials need to be held accountable for their actions. I specifically would like to know what objective parameters they based their decision to set bail so low.


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