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Home Burglaries Plummet in Perry Hall, Kingsville

Police Capt. Michael Balog encouraged residents to remain vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity.

Nearly three weeks have passed since a home burglary has been reported in Perry Hall or Kingsville—a stark contrast to the three-month rash of more than 30 break-ins that worried residents of communities better known for  and .  

Most of the burglaries reported between Nov. 30 and Feb. 20 struck single-family homes, occurred during the day and apparently targeted jewelry.

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The burgalries appear to have quietly halted thanks to Baltimore County police detectives and community involvement.

"It wasn't one thing—there were a bunch of pieces to the puzzle," said Capt. Michael Balog of the . "We've had great community involvement, more calls to 911 when people see suspicious persons and we've made arrests."

Balog referred to four arrests specifically.

On Feb. 10, police arrested Shawn Lee Michael, 38, of the 4000 block of Pinedale Drive, according to Balog. Michael was later charged with first-degree, second-degree and third-degree burglary, theft and destruction of property in connection with a home break-in reported on Feb. 6 on in Perry Hall, court records show.

On Feb. 13, police Alvin Saleem Elamin Thompson and charged him with breaking into a Perry Hall home on on Jan. 13, Patch . Police believe Thompson stole more than $8,000 in cash and $20,000 in jewelry. He was also charged with stealing from a police officer's in November.

Police later Daniel Andrew Tucker on Feb. 17 and Dennis Wayne Hall on Feb. 22, Patch . Both were charged with breaking into a Perry Hall home on on Feb. 13. Investigators believe they busted open a rear basement door, which had been dead-bolted, and stole jewelry from a bedroom.

The four men have not been connected to the other reported burglaries, Balog said. Investigations into those incidents are still ongoing, he said.

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Statistically, few burglary investigations end in arrests, police officials said.

Nationally, the clearance rate for burglaries (the percentage of cases where an arrest is made or the case is otherwise closed) was 12.4 percent in 2010, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Baltimore County's clearance rate for burglaries was notably higher at 20 percent in 2010, according to police spokeswoman Detective Cathy Batton. These rates are not broken down by precinct and data for 2011 has not yet been released, Batton said.

"I spoke to a commander in the burglary unit and he believes our number is higher due to our commitment to investigating burglaries. We have detectives assigned to each precinct to look into each burglary," Batton said.

The rash of home burglaries spurred multiple on crime prevention. County Councilman David Marks held a on Feb. 2 to encourage neighborhoods to form Citizens on Patrol groups. On Feb. 24, Balog and Capt. Gordon Skinner of the Parkville precinct shared tips with community members and businesses on securing their property against burglars.

Both Balog and Skinner told Patch that they had increased daytime patrols in Perry Hall neighborhoods and ultilized the in responding to reported burglaries in recent months.

While the home burglaries seem to have ended, Balog said officers in the area will remain on alert, as should community members.

"We're encouraging people to stay vigilant and keep calling 911 when they see anything suspicious," he said.

Neil B March 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM
What about the guy who has the $6000 in BBQ equipment stolen? That doesn't count as a burglary?
Pat Crum March 09, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Way to go White Marsh and Parkville Precincts.
Emily Kimball (Editor) March 09, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I spoke to the police about this. Burglaries that we considered to be part of of the rash involved a person breaking into a home and either stealing things or ransacking an area—first-degree burglary. Taking something from a backyard, as was the case with the stolen equipment, is almost always fourth-degree burglary. Police have no reason to believe that that equipment incident is connected with past home burglaries.
BaltimoreDee March 09, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Many thanks to Councilman Marks, the police precincts, and diligent neighbors for working together to address this problem in our communities. Let's keep on it!
DS March 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
This is good news. I don't think we can rest quite yet though as they are bound to strike again. Keep those porch lights on and flood lights on too. Report anything suspicious.
George Kimes March 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Thanks to The Patch for keeping us informed.
Emily Kimball (Editor) March 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Thanks George!
Vicki Kimball-Flowers March 10, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Great work everyone. Now, if they can keep the teens from drinking in the woods at Gunpowder State Park at night in my neighborhood, I will truly be pleased.
Ktown March 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
agreed. They have done a great job and it has been nice to see a presence of the police here and I hope that it doesn't lessen with a few arrests. Now that miscreants have learned that there is stuff to burgle in the area, they will eventually return. Property values have declined enough in the last two years and bad press only makes things worse for all of us that call this area home. So thank you to the police and David Marks for keeping this visible! Also Emily - you have done a great job keeping this fresh too and provide a level of news that is just too small for the MSM to cover, especially when things like murders occupy most of the news space until the weather forecast!!!
Brittany March 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I share in the rejoice that these burglarys have slowed. I love my town and it was really starting to scare me. I feel that I can rest a little easier. Thank you for everyones efforts to protect our wonderful town.

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