Perry Hall Farms Home Burglary Victim Speaks Out
A resident said he hopes to encourage crime prevention after his home was broken into on April 4.
Police are continuing their investigation of Perry Hall's ninth reported home burglary since March 22. In the meantime, however, the latest victim said he's trying to raise awareness in his Perry Hall Farms neighborhood.
Between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on April 4, a home in the 4500 block of Warm Stone Circle was broken into through the rear sliding glass door, bedrooms were ransacked, and bracelets and cash were stolen, according to a police report.
Investigators have divided the recent burglaries into two general categories: daytime burglaries, when the residents tend to be away, and nighttime burglaries, when the residents tend to be home, officials said.
Based on the time, mode of entry and items stolen, police believe the suspect involved in the Warm Stone Circle burglary is likely connected to a daytime burglary on Mispillion Road on March 27, said Lt. David Naimaster of the White Marsh precinct.
The same suspect may also be connected to two daytime burglaries on Jan. 24 on Ramblebrook Road and Gardenia Road, police said.
Police do not believe the Warm Stone Circle incident is connected to six nighttime home burglaries, reported between March 22 and Marsh 25, Naimaster said.
There are also no clear connections between the latest incident and a dozen home burglaries reported in the Kingsville and Joppa areas between March 28 and April 2, he said.
Jason Schoppert, the victim of the Warm Stone Circle burglary, said he has been speaking with neighbors to encourage crime prevention.
"In neighborhoods where people are home during the day, this could cause an awareness and potentially save someone else from having this happen to them," Schoppert wrote in an email to Patch.
"The biggest issue about being the victim of a home invasion is that you feel like your privacy has been taken away from you. The thought of a stranger going through your personal items and being in your residence is something that is very discomforting. In the end, this causes many headaches to the resident. You go through the expense of installing an alarm/security system, the headache of trying to get reimbursed from the insurance company, and most importantly, not feeling comfortable in your own home," he wrote.
"If residents are made aware and make sure valuable jewelry is kept in a safety deposit box and cash is deposited in the bank, and not left in the home, the people doing this will not be able to get what they are looking for," Schoppert wrote.
"It is just a shame such a nice neighborhood is being ruined by a select few," he added.
Have the burglaries changed the way you feel about your neighborhood, or how you approach securing your home? Tell us in the comments.