UPDATE: Kingsville, Joppa Burglaries Possibly Linked to Perry Hall
Harford County police held a crime prevention meeting outside a Joppa church on Wednesday night.
UPDATE (6:45 p.m.)—Police are investigating at least 12 recent home burglaries in the Kingsville and Joppa areas within the past week, according to Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Monica Worrell.
Harford County and Baltimore County police officials said they are investigating likely connections between these and a string of at least six similar burglaries in Perry Hall.
Most of the recent Perry Hall incidents occurred during nightime hours while residents were inside. Last week, police released a composite sketch of the suspected burglar, described as a white male with brown hair, 24 to 25 years old, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot and 150 to 160 pounds.
The Joppa and Kingsville burglaries were reported between March 28 and April 2, Worrell said, in the following areas:
- four in the 2900 block of Valleybrook Court
- two in the 2800 and 2900 blocks of Brockway Place
- one in the 1700 block of Old Joppa Road
- one in the 2900 block of Brockton Lane
- one in the 2700 block of Jerusalem Road and
- one in the 2700 block of Old Jerusalem Road.
Two additional burglaries were reported this week, although police have not yet released the block addresses, she said.
"Sometimes the burglars are forcing their way in, but in most cases, they're going into unlocked homes," Worrell said. "These are crimes of opportunity and we need to help people eliminate that opportunity."
Worrell encouraged residents to lock their doors and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
Starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit brought its Mobile Crime Prevention Outreach Office to the parking lot of Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.
Worrell said the event is mainly planned to help educate community members on crime prevention tips.
"We have a pretty good relationship with these guys. We're happy to let them use our parking lot," said Tim Kick, building manager of the church at 1824 Mountain Rd.
Worrell said information is frequently shared between Harford and Baltimore counties, especially when a rash of burglaries appears close to the county border.
"We recognize that criminals don't make a distinction between counties, so we share intelligence," she said.
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