Three Teens Robbed: Crime Roundup

This information was supplied by the Howard County Police Department.


Commercial burglary

A week and a half after two employees at Zips Dry Cleaners on the 10700 block of Little Patuxent Parkway were tied up and robbed at gunpoint, the business was again targeted by criminals, according to police. On Nov. 20 at about 10:45 p.m., police responded to an alarm at the business. When they arrive, officers found the business secure. Video surveillance, however, showed two people trying to pry open a door to the business using a crowbar. The suspects left when they could not open the door.

Police say a man walked into Performance Bicycle on the 6400 block of Dobbin Road at about 11 a.m. on Nov. 21 and took a bicycle without paying for it. An employee followed the man and tried to take a picture of his license place when, according to police, the man grabbed the employee, slammed him to the ground and took the employee’s phone. The burglar took the phone, attached the bike to a bike rack on his car, and left.

The robber is described as male in his early-to-mid 40s, 6-foot, about 225 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored windbreaker and dark pants. 

On Nov. 21 at about 8:30 p.m., a security guard at the Giant Food on the 7200 block of Cradlerock Way told police that he saw a man putting food inside of his jacket. The guard said he confronted the man, who displayed a kitchen knife. The guard told police that he followed the man as he left the store; police arrested him and recovered the food and knife.

The 49-year-old Columbia man faces first- and second-degree assault, theft, armed robbery and reckless endangerment charges. 

Sometime between the evenings of Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, someone tore the outside window screen off of an apartment complex on the 10300 block of Swift Stream Place and entered through an unlocked window, according to police. The burglar tried to take two televisions from the wall in the fitness center, but was unsuccessful, according to police. Then the burglar took a steel rod from a gate and smashed the glass door to the media center, and tried to take a television projector, according to police, but couldn’t get it. The burglar also pried open the kitchen, police said, but nothing was stolen. 

Street robbery 

According to police, three teenage males went to the 6500 block of Frietchie Row on Nov. 20 to meet an acquaintance at about 9:20 p.m. They saw the acquaintance briefly, then he left saying he’d be right back, according to police. He didn’t return. Instead, three young men approached, implied they had a weapon, and took the teenagers’ cash and cell phones, according to police.

The three robbers are described as males, about 19-years-old, wearing hooded sweatshirts, black masks and dark clothes. 

Residential burglary

Police on Nov. 21 were investigating a stolen vehicle when they found it parked in front of a home on the 11300 block of Ridermark Row at about 7:15 p.m. Officers saw a man in dark clothes, wearing a mask and gloves walking near a home on that block. According to police, when they approached him, the man ran to the vehicle and tried to drive away, but police were able to detain him. Further police investigation revealed a door to the home that the man was walking by had been smashed, but nothing was reported missing.

The man, a 43-year-old from Columbia, faces several burglary charges as well as malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest and a vehicle theft charge. 

On Nov. 21 at about 7:45 p.m., someone smashed a sliding glass door on the back of a home on the 6700 block of Quiet Hours, according to police. The burglar unlatched a security bar, according to police, and stole two televisions and a dog bowl.

A resident on the 6500 block of Quiet Hours noticed his Xbox and Philips receiver were missing. The victim told police that someone broke into his house sometime between Nov. 9 and Nov. 24. According to police, there were no signs of forced entry.

Sometime between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23, burglars broke into a home on the 6900 block of Catwing Court, according to police. The burglars pried open a kitchen window, police said, and stole two televisions.

A resident of the 5200 block of Cedar Lane found pry marks on his garage door, according to police, and said he thought someone had entered the garage within the past year. Missing is a bag of retaining clips for his bumper.

Ellicott City

Residential burglary

Police say someone broke into a vacant apartment on the 3100 block of Normandy Woods Drive sometime between Nov. 12 and Nov. 21. Nothing was taken, according to police, but someone wrote profanities on the walls.


Commercial burglary

The gate was cut in the back of Sanford Kramer, on the 8100 block of Lark Brown, according to police, allowing someone to enter the secured parking area between Nov. 16 and Nov. 19. Police say burglars broke windows on two work vans; nothing was reported stolen.

Construction site burglary

Police say a whirlpool tub was stolen sometime between the evenings of Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 from a house under construction on the 6100 block of South Meyer Drive.


Commercial burglary

Police say someone cut the lock to the rear gate at BWAE, on the 7100 block of Dorsey Run Road on Nov. 25 between 8:15 and 8:25 p.m. The burglar then entered one of the vehicles and drove it into a concrete barrier, according to police, moving it enough to steal the vehicle, driving it into the woods on Montevideo Road. 

County-wide vehicle thefts

People posing as respondents to Craigslist ads stole three motorcycles on Nov. 24, according to police. They took the motorcycles for tests drives and didn’t bring them back, police said. One juvenile was arrested and two of the three motorcycles was recovered. Still missing is a 2005 Suzuki 450.   

A 2002 Honda Accord with the license plate MD 6AGP32V was reported stolen from the Normandy Shopping Center in Ellicott City. 

A gold Mercedes was reported stolen from the Brokenland Park & Ride on Nov. 17 at about 5 p.m.

A silver Honda Civic with the license plate MD 7AN9145 was reported stolen from the 12200 block of Green Meadow Drive. 

Brandie Jefferson November 28, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Everyone, thank you for your feedback - Our policy is to "avoid routinely including the race of suspects unless there are other, specific identifying factors that would help police in locating potential lawbreakers." That is, when adding race does not significantly narrow the pool of possible suspects, it is not included. In some cases, it is not at all useful as people of all racial identifiers cover the spectrum of shades. Where race is a key identifier, we have included it - in the past month, for example: patch.com/A-z40P; patch.com/A-zshL;patch.com/A-zlsM -Brandie
Chillin November 28, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Bla, Bla, Bla...We've seen this explanation too. Patch, grow some hair on your coconuts. You can't just right all the feel good stuff and be legitimate both. To be politically correct the Patch is 'risk challenged.' No offense Mr. Jefferson, most of the Patch editors are just as guilty.
Chillin November 28, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Incorrrect. The editor did a good job of editing the article. He made sure he edited out some pertinent descriptions of at large suspects. Makes it a little hard to spot them this way.
Chillin November 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Since 95% of the perpetrators on these police blotters are male and about have of the population is male it seems that including gender in the descriptions does very little to narrowing the pool of possible suspects. I see males everywhere I go. With you mentioning all these male suspects makes me very nervous being around any males in public..
Brandie Jefferson November 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
No offense taken, ever really. I've worked at several different news organizations, each with its own policy regarding descriptions fo subjects. Nowhere, ever, once, has everyone in the newsroom agreed; have all of the copy editors agreed; have all of our readers been satisfied. Not to mention the police ... the suspects themselves ... their families. Personally, I would prefer to have information that is more meaningfully descriptive - what was the actual color of the person's skin? Hair texture? Thin lips? Big ears? Wide nose? For some reason, however, people seem to be *more* sensitive about those kinds of descriptions and instead stick to the less meaningful (and potentially less accurate) "black," "white," "Asian," or "Hispanic" and, as such, like every other newsroom, Patch has written its up its own policy about when and where to use them, which I referenced above. I think that's about the extent to which I can be useful in this conversation without getting way off-topic, so I'm ducking out now, but I hope it will continue.


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