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Robbery on Route 29 Footbridge: Crime Roundup

This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department.

Columbia

Robbery

. Police say the victim was walking on the lakefront side when two people approached him, asking for a cigarette. Then, according to police, they stole the victim’s iPhone and wallet. They did not display or imply weapons.

The suspects are described as:

  • Black male in his early 20s, wearing a black jacket, white shoes and carrying a blue and black backpack. 
  • Black male in his early 20s with a goatee, wearing a black jacket, a beanie knit hat and black shoes.

A man was getting his mail from a mailbox on the 10400 block of Fair Oaks Drive on Nov. 14 at about 6 p.m. when three people approached him, according to police. One of the men pointed a gun at the man’s head and demanded his wallet, police said. The victim complied and the three fled.

The suspects are described as:

  • White male between 16- and 18-years-old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foor-10, with a thin build and no facial hair. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head and displaying a gun
  • Black male, between 18 -and 20-years-old with a thin build and scruffy facial hair
  • Black male, between 16- and 18-years-old  with a thin build. 

Commercial burglary

Someone used a stone to break the glass in a window of Vickie’s Nails, on the 9100 block of Annapolis Road on Nov. 13 at about 7:30 p.m., according to police. Cash and a laptop and tablet computer were reported stolen.  

On Nov. 5 at about 1 a.m., someone tried to enter Fiesta Restaurant, on the 8800 block of Center Park Drive, by smashing the front door with a large stone, according to police. No entry was gained.

Residential burglary

A resident returned home on Nov. 14 to find open the back sliding door to a home on the 8900 block of Blade Green Lane, according to police. The victim said the door had been locked and secured with a charley bar when he left. Nothing was reported missing.

 

Elkridge

Robbery

On Nov. 13 at about 4:10 p.m., an Elkridge man was in Baltimore when he was forced into his car by a two men - one with a gun - and told to direct them to his home and get money, according to police. The man arrived at his home on the 5900 block of Autumn Spell where the two stole money, according to police.  The two then left in the victim’s vehicle. One of the two men struck the victim, cutting him near his eye, police said.

The men are described as:

  • Black male, thin build, short with a medium complexion. He had a gun.
  • Black male, thin build, about 6-feet-tall with freckles. 

Commercial burglary

When a police officer arrived at the 7300 block of Washington Boulevard in response to an alarm at Inter Connect Electronics at about 2 a.m. on Nov. 14, the officer saw someone running away from the building. The officer chased the person, but he ran into a dark-colored sedan. 

An off-duty officer saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the Best Western parking lot on Dorsey Road and police stopped the vehicle at the Anne Arundel County Line. The officer who had responded to the initial alarm identified the passenger as the person who was running from the building. 

Police said they found several large spools of copper and communication wire in the back seat of the car.  Police arrested a 20- and a 25-year-old, both from Camp Springs. The two face burglary, theft and malicious destruction charges.

Glenelg 

A resident returned home to the 3500 block of Snow Chief Road on Nov. 13 to find glass from the back door on the kitchen floor, according to police. No one entered the home.

Clarksville 

Commercial burglary

Police say someone threw a rock through the front glass door of River Hill Garden Center on the 12100 block of Clarksville Pike sometime late on the night of Nov. 12 or early on the morning of Nov. 13.

The burglar took a safe from the store, according to police, and tried using various tools to open it before taking it off the nursery’s property with a skid mover from a nearby parking lot. Police say two company trucks were also vandalized. The safe was found on the 107000 block of Scaggsville Road.

Residential burglary

Someone entered a home on the 6500 block of Ballymore Lane through the garage early on the morning of Nov. 13, according to police. An interior door was unlocked, and there was no sign of forced entry. According to police, the burglar took money and a wallet. 

According to police, someone smashed a back kitchen window of a home on the 1800 block of Linden Chapel Road on Nov. 13 sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. The burglar stole jewelry and a laptop, according to police.

Laurel

Residential burglary 

On Nov. 12 at about 10:40 a.m. someone tried to enter a home on the 9200 block of Old Scaggsville Road by cutting window screens, according to police. That didn’t work, police said, so the person kicked in a door that led to the kitchen. A resident heard the noise and the burglar fled. The resident didn’t report anything stolen.

Someone stole a motorcycle from a home on the 10500 block of Scaggsville, Road according to police. The victim didn’t know when the theft occurred. He said he’d last seen the motorcycle in mid-October. There was no sign of forced entry.

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Editor's Note: Originally, this article did not include the race of the suspects described by police due to an oversight, but the article has been updated in accordance with Patch's policy to include detailed descriptions of suspects if provided by police. We apologize for the error.

Cola MD November 16, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Why does patch DELETE (or perhaps the right word is CENSOR) the Howard County Police Department's Daily Crime Bulletin? When I look at what the HoCo PD publishes I see you have removed some key information from the suspect descriptions: "Suspect 1: Black male, early 20’s, wearing a black jacket, white shoes and carrying a blue and black backpack." "Suspect 2: Black male, early 20’s, goatee, wearing a black jacket, a beanie knit hat and black shoes." Please explain Patch reporter person...
Joe November 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
It would be politically incorrect to list the FULL description of the perps. Apparently The Patch feels no one needs to know the race but every other description is necessary. Just look for a "guy" in "a black jacket, white shoes and carrying a blue and black backpack." That narrows down who to be on the lookout for eh?
Cola MD November 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I think the question should not be about political correctness but about standards of journalistic professionalism and ethics. For a reporter who has an advanced degree in journalism to summarily censor the news just strikes me as irresponsible, among other things. I would like to know if Patch has an editorial policy on this matter, and if so what it is and who's in charge of ensuring adherence. How can we trust ANY information that we see on Patch if there is continual censorship of the information they present? Their actions are reminiscent of state run media in communist China, are they not?
Cola MD November 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
One last thing. I love how the headline says: "Robbery on Route 29 Footbridge: Crime Roundup This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department." What it should really say is something like: "...This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department and censored by our reporter to remove pertinent information that would be of use to you."
Joe November 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The Patch will decide what you "need" to know.
Jimbo November 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I completely agree with above comment. Why would you remove an identifying characteristic from the description?
mike November 16, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Exactly!! Race of the suspect is important. If the suspect(s) were women, you wouldn't say "person", you would say "woman". Too much PC is counter-productive. Give a description! White, Black, Asian, Latino...
Michaelwritescode November 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I believe this comes from an old reporting principal that the race of suspects are considered irrelevant in crime reporting as long as it isn't pertinent to the article or crime. In this case however, with suspects on the loose I feel like it is pertinent. Reporting post arrest stories is really what I think this rule was designed for as it doesn't matter the race of the person arrested.
jj November 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Yes, you are on target about the selective edits. Very unprofessional to make such a change.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Hi, thanks for the comments. We've updated the article, with a correction, to include the full descriptions provided by police. It is Patch's policy to provide detailed descriptions of suspects if they're provided by police. Omitting the race in the original article was an oversight, which has been corrected. Thank you for your concern, we regret the error.
esh November 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Newspapers have given much thought to whether and when to publish race in descriptions. Listing "black" or "white" man or woman wearing certain clothing doesn't narrow the search much. Facial hair, height and weight, scars or tattoos add useful detail, but generally hundreds if not thousands of people fit a vague description that includes race, age and clothing. Only a detailed description or sketch might prompt a reader to identify a suspect as someone they know or have seen. Police can use this info to eliminate suspects and narrow a search, but vague descriptions are fairly useless in a crime story -- although they can confirm some people's preconceived notions of what a criminal looks like. Most newspapers don't publish every bit of information given out by police--that would be being a PR department.

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