Monday, April 8, 2013
All information was provided by the Howard County Police Department.
Columbia Armed Robbery – Sonesta Suites A man entered the Sonseta Suites in the 8800 block of Columbia Parkway and pointed a gun at an employee while demanding money around 5 a.m. on April 4. The employee complied, and then the man demanded a safe be opened. At that point, a second employee walked in, unaware of the robbery in progress. The armed man took property from one of the employees and then fled the scene. Residential Burglary Someone broke into a residence in the 10300 block of Swiftstream Place through an open rear slider and stole two videogames and three pieces of luggage in the evening on April 4. Door Frame Shattered A door frame was shattered and a deadbolt defeated, according to police, after someone damaged a rear basement…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Police have some tips for residents "before the burglar comes."
Howard County Police Capt. Daniel Coon visited with residents in Ellicott City's Dunloggin Neighborhood earlier this week to talk to people about residential burglaries. Along with specific information about their neighborhood, he shared some general advice for people to keep their homes safe, including a brochure from Maryland Crime Watch. Make your home look (and sound) occupied: Be a good neighbor: Install good locks ... and lock them: Secure your windows: Change the locks 'at the drop of a threat': Don't welcome burglars by telephone: Don't open your door to anyone with no business inside: Man's best friend repels burglars: Don't advertise your vacation plans: Tell the police: Write down the serial numbers for you electronic devices:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
This information is supplied by the Howard County Police Department.
Columbia Commercial Robbery/burglary Police say burglars broke a back window to Concentra, on the 6600 block of Dobbin Road, on Jan. 21 at 3:30 a.m. The burglars then used sledgehammers to break through the wall and gain access to J&D Jewelers, next door, according to police. Once inside the jewelry store, police say the burglars used a pick axe to break open jewelry display cases and steal an undetermined amount of jewelry. Police say a man entered the Exxon gas station on the 8200 block of Snowden River Parkway at about 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 19 with a yellow bandana over his face and showing a knife. The man demanded cash from the register, according to police, took three packs of cigarettes, and left. The suspect is described as a black …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.
Columbia Commercial Armed Robbery and Burglary - Extended Stay America A hotel located near the 8800 block of Stanford Blvd. was robbed by two masked men, one armed with a shotgun, on Dec. 21 around 10 p.m. According to police, the men entered the hotel wearing ski caps, bandanas and gloves and demanded money from the clerk, who turned it over. Police described the men as two black males, one wearing a black ski cap, a bandana, blue sweatshirt, faded jeans and black shoes who was armed with a shotgun. The second man had a bandana and was wearing a white t-shirt over a gray sweatshirt with dark gloves and blue jeans. Extended Stay was also struck by burglars. Sometime between 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 21 and 4 a.m. on Dec. 22 an unknown person …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The man pictured stole the package about 12 minutes after UPS dropped it off, according to police.
A Columbia resident caught a possible burglar on camera as the man casually pulled into the resident's driveway and loaded a package from the doorstep into his car, according to police. Dan Dorn, the resident, said it took the man only about 60 seconds to take the package, which had arrived about 12 minutes earlier, according to WJLA. Howard County police are now investigating the incident. A police spokesperson said police have not received any other reports of packages stolen from doorsteps this holiday season. In the incident, which police said occurred in the 6200 block of Tamar Drive, packages had been left by UPS at about 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 28. Police said moments later, a security video showed a green Subaru station wagon had …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.
Columbia Robbery – Cheesecake Factory A man was reportedly robbed inside the Cheesecake Factory at the Mall in Columbia after he entered the bathroom at the restaurant and two men stole his watch, cell phone and Nike shoes on Dec. 5 between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., police said. Find more information about this incident on Columbia Patch. Residential Burglary – Green Mountain Circle Police said they are looking for a suspicious man described by residents of an apartment complex near the 5000 block of Green Mountain Circle after a ground floor apartment was burglarized—bedroom ransacked, five cameras and cash taken—between 12:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 5. Police reported the man was seen carrying a black shoulder bag while knocking on the…
Friday, October 26, 2012
The woman who was home at the time said a man forced his way into her house as she fled in a towel.
A man who said he wanted a cigarette was arrested after a woman said he broke into her home, the Howard County Times reported. According to police, 44-year-old Andreas Paul Kovacs, of Clarksville, was arrested Monday after police responded to a burglary report at a home on the 5800 block of Trotter Road just after noon. The victim told police that she was upstairs when she heard someone come inside. She called out to her fiancé, according to police, but he was not home. According to charging documents, the victim had just gotten out of the showe. She grabbed a towel and closed a door that separates the upstairs living area from the rest of the home, the Times reported. The victim, who had met Kovacs a couple of times, said he was …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department
Columbia: Two businesses and a home in Columbia were burglarized last week, according to police. At about 8:20 a.m. on Friday, police say a suspect smashed the front door of Oak Tree Furniture, on the 9100 block of Red Branch Road, with a concrete stone. The suspect took money from one register, and stole a second one. Police say the second register was stolen because the suspect could not open it. Police say a suspect used a brick to smash the front glass door of Tropical Tan on the 6900 block of Oakland Mills Road at 11 p.m. Thursday night. The victim reported coins stolen. Suspects entered a screened-in porch on the 5000 block of Whetstone Road on Sunday between 1:45 and 9 p.m., according to police, then kicked open a back door to …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
No new break-ins are believed to be related since police issued a warning last week.
The investigation into a string of brazen daytime door kick-in burglaries in Howard County continues after police warned residents to be vigilant last week. Howard County Police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn wrote in an email that police have not apprehended a suspect and are unable to provide a suspect’s description at this time. She said the investigation is active. Since police released information related to the burglaries on Sept. 27, there hasn’t been a burglary with a similar style in Howard County, according to Llewellyn. The 10 break-ins believed to be connected happened over the course of three days from Sept. 24 – 26. In each one, the suspect or suspects would kick in a door, work their way to the master bedroom, ransack it …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the Howard County police department. It does not indicate a conviction. Crimes reported between Sept. 13 - Sept. 16.
Commercial Burglary A former employee allegedly entered Johnson and Johnson Allstate Insurance near the 10400 block of Twin Rivers Road without permission and stole six computers, two phones and documents at 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 13. Police are currently investigating. A bikini-wearing woman allegedly entered an unsecured pool deck at the Columbia Gym, placed her hands in the water, and then left when an alarm began to sound around 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 15. Police reported nothing was disturbed or taken. Residential Burglary A laptop was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle inside an open garage near the 10500 block of Rivulet Row between 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 15. An alarm was activated at a home near the 6200 block …