Police are investigating several burglaries, robberies, and attempted robberies that were reported over the past week.
At about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, a man approached another man while he was sitting on his front porch on Banca Place in Middle River (21223). The first man asked the second man for money. The victim told the suspect that he did not have money, at which time the suspect attempted to get into his pockets. The victim punched the suspect causing him to flee the scene.
At just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, an individual approached an occupied vehicle in the 4900-block of Hazelwood Avenue (21206). The suspect robbed one of the victims of their cell phone, phone case, and personal identity items.
At just after 4:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, an individual used a tool to cut the lock to the storage area at the WalMart located in the 100-block of Carroll Island Road in Bowleys Quarters (21220). The suspect then stole 25 car batteries.
At about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, the residents of a home in the 5700-block of Ranelagh Road in White Marsh (21162) were distracted by one suspect claiming to be a contractor while a second suspect entered the residence and stole jewelry.
At just before 11 p.m. on Monday, an individual entered the BP store located on Carroll Island Road in Bowleys Quarters (21220), displayed a gun, demanded money, and threatened to harm the clerk. The clerk said that he called the police and the suspect then fled on foot.
Police in Baltimore County are investigating a series of overnight vehicle fires in the Bowleys Quarters area as arson.
Fire units responded to four different calls for vehicle fires between the hours of 10 p.m. on Tuesday night and 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, involving damage to six vehicles.
Two incidents occurred in the 400-block of Carrollwood Road, causing damage to a Cadillac at one location and a Chrysler at another.
In the 300-block of Carroll Island Road, units were dispatched to a boat fire but discovered that a Jeep parked behind the boat was actually set on fire.
In the 3700-block of White Pine Road, an Infiniti and a Suzuki motor bike were set on fire, causing additional fire damage to a Chrysler parked nearby.
Detectives believe that these incidents may be related due to the time frame and area of the fires, but have not yet determined if one or more suspects are responsible for the fires.
Detectives are continuing the investigation into these fires. Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 410-307-2020.
Crews are on the scene of a Saturday morning house fire in Bowleys Quarters.
The fire was reported at just after 11:30 a.m. in the unit block of Mainsail Court (21220).
Arriving units found heavy fire showing from the rear of a two-story, single-family home.
The for was quickly placed under control.
One firefighter reportedly sustained minor injuries.
Authorities are investigating following the overnight theft of rescue boat electronics in Middle River.
Marine Unit 217 remains out of service following the theft of all marine electronics and radio systems necessary to provide fire and rescue services to 90 square miles of the upper Chesapeake Bay.
The Marine Emergency Team was notified of the incident at just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Several other vessels were also boarded by the suspects, who left with everything from yeti coolers to additional electronics.
It is expected that insurance will pay for a portion of the loss but the non-profit volunteer marine team will be liable for the extra expense of returning the vessel to service.
The estimated cost to replace Marine Unit 217’s electronics is upwards of $13,000. The unit will remain out of service until funding and equipment can be allocated to replace what was stolen.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Marine Crimes Division.
Authorities have identified a Bowleys Quarters man as the driver who was killed in a Sunday evenings crash in Phoenix.
Police say that, at just before 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling east on Paper Mill Road just past Poplar Hill Road crashed when it suddenly left the roadway and struck a tree.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene, where they removed the driver from the vehicle and began life-saving efforts.
The driver was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The driver has been identified as Hugh Thomas Brown, 57, of Galloway Road in Bowleys Quarters (21220). Police have determined that Brown was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
This crash remains under investigation.