Sunday, April 7, 2013
Police said four break-ins may be related.
Police said they are working to obtain the video of a possible serial burglar after the homeowner of a Columbia residence used an Internet home video camera to remotely watch someone breaking into his home. The homeowner used the remote view feature of the camera to watch someone break in through his basement window and rummage through bills and paperwork, according to police. The homeowner was alerted to the break in after a motion detector was set off, said police, but he didn't believe anything was taken. The break in was one of four that have been reported over the past four days in the 7000 block of Copperwood Way and police said they are investigating whether the incidents are related. The first occurred on Tuesday when a bicycle was…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Police have some simple advice that could keep you, your home and your family safe from burglars.
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:
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…
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 …