UPDATE: Burglars Hit Perry Hall Deniro's, Domino's, Dry Cleaning

Glass doors to each of the businesses were found broken early Monday morning.

UPDATE (May 8, 11:39 p.m.)

Police are investigating three business burglaries that occurred early Monday morning.

Between 2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. on May 7, burglars broke the front glass doors of and , adjacent businesses in the 8600 block of Belair Road. Both businesses were entered and cash was stolen from the dry cleaning business. Nothing else was taken, according to Officer Mark Dorsey of the Parkville precinct. 

Also on May 7, between 2:55 a.m. and 3:05 a.m., burglars broke the front glass door to in the 9600 block of Belair Road and stole cash, according to a police report.

An investigation into each of the burglaries is ongoing, Dorsey said.

Deniro's and adjacent business Liquor World also suffered significant damage during a burglary in February 2012, according to a Patch . A window to the Domino's was also broken in October 2011, but nothing was taken, Patch .

"They didn't get much, but I don't really know what else we can do here. We've upped security," said Leo Kapetanakos, manager of DeNiro's. "I'm really disappointed. It's getting old." 

"We've been here 10 years and never had a problem with this. It's sad to see it in this neighborhood," Kapetanakos said.

How can business owners protect against burglary? Tell us in the comments.

Laura Young May 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
They don't Tim. I work in the shopping center and as far as I know they don't have cameras. :(
DS May 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Did they get in and out of the Dominoes in 30 minutes or less?
CR May 08, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Same thing happened at the same time on the night of May 3rd / early morning May 4 in lutherville. Seminary cleaners and a deli next door broken into.
Jane's Dad May 08, 2012 at 07:12 AM
So what is going on in that area? Almost right across from it, the Subway and Pizza Hut (and even M&T) were robbed? The only thing I can think of is... there's a bus stop nearby. And I mean this respectfully -- keep the Section 8 folks away from Perry Hall
linda morgan May 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Why mention sec8 ? It could be any drug addict
linda morgan May 08, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Last couple of the criminals caught were 2 old white fellas
Paul May 08, 2012 at 01:41 PM
"Poor citizens of Baltimore, come visit (once) lovely Perry Hall, enjoy our nice park spaces, drive through our beautiful neighborhoods, meet our hard working citizens, and observe what they have for you to steal. Please vote for me in November. Thank you."
Rhonda May 08, 2012 at 02:00 PM
To Jane's Dad, when I grew up in Lutherville some 20+ yrs ago there was very little crime. When they extended the bus route up York rd. the crime rate went up pretty quick. I don't judge people, thats not my job but it says something. All I know is it is a real shame that people have to try to take from others instead of earning their own money & property.
John Doe May 08, 2012 at 02:05 PM
This is unbelievable - if this issue isn't properly addressed, at some point, the police aren't going to like how 'citizens' will begin to address it. Read some prior blogs - people are reaching a boiling point.
The Mom May 08, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Wow, I left the city to escape this type of thing. Now there are choppers with lights looking for criminals around here as well. The bus stop at Dunfield (coming from the city) has been in place for about 30 years, and this issue is just surfacing? It must be the 'quality' of people then, huh? :)
Anne May 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I wouldn't share that info Laura. The criminals don't need to know that. Just my first thought when I saw your post. I agree that it's gotten pretty ugly in PH lately, but where isn't it anymore?
Tim May 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Exactly. The most recent set of criminals caught have not been your stereotypical Section 8 folks.
Tim May 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Leo, if you're reading this: For what its worth, we're still coming to Deniro's every Wednesday for the cheese pizza we love so much (including my picky eating 5 year old!)
DS May 08, 2012 at 05:22 PM
linda - I agree - I doubt it is section 8 - people are desperate for money
Tim May 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
not the top 1%, they've got it all.
Paul May 08, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I'm sure Hunt Valley was initially excited to get the light rail. Until they saw what came with it! Crime rate through the roof!
Carol May 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Unfortunately crime seems to be everywhere. As a former city dweller, I have to agree where there may be a bus stop there may be more crime even though these crimes happened in the wee morning hours and I dont think MTA runs that early. We have to stick together as a community and not put up with it.
BRAD May 09, 2012 at 11:48 AM
When I was growing up the kids would camp outside at night in the yard.Our parents would leave the door unlocked in case you had to get inside during the night. I guess those days are long gone-how sad.
Homer May 09, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Don't make sense ...seems like every time I drive past DeNiro's there a cop car in the lot -
Kris May 09, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Tim- enough with the 1% comments. I am so sick and GD tired of all the Occu-criers who have now decided its warm enough outside to start loitering again. If you want something in this country- go out and earn if. If your mad that someone else has what you want-tough. Its this lazy, "I'm entitled" attitude that is a detriment to our country, not rich people who work for a living.
Parkvillehoney May 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The cost for good clear view security cameras have come down in price. Plus it is a business writeoff. If I was robbed once, a security camera would be in place the next day. I would also place it where a burglar didn't have access to destroy it when committing a robbery.
Parkvillehoney May 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I wonder if local businesses thought about remote security surveillance of their business to their home computer. I am sure a business can have remote camera surveillance to their home computer to visually check the inside and outside of their business. Maybe they can catch the theives in the act.
Tim May 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Kris: I can back it up. Want to start with the tax code? Or perhaps the flawed history of Trickle Down economics? Seriously, I make a good living and live confortably. I'm not inherently envious of the mega-weathy. I also don't believe in the Occupy movement. I find it inherently counterproductive to actually enabling the economic changes this country needs. I'm angry at the economic system that's enabling them to get consistent unfair advantages economically, and it's gradual dissolution of the middle class. I can't help it if I can add 2+2 and come up with 4, instead of being brainwashed by the Koch bros and Grover Norquist.
John Doe May 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Kris, I agree with Tim. Also, I work and am not mad.
Tim May 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
There were actually a couple of conservative candidates (now gone) that suggested ideas I'd support. A much flatter and simpler tax system, for one. If I were in charge of fixing this country, I'd also change the system to allow local governments to be larger, and federal and state governments smaller, more streamlined. Simply because local problems can more readily be resolved by local populations. It also could promote more voter participation because they could start feeling more like their vote 'matters'. There's also much less true 'waste' at the local level, compared to say the federal level. Example: Folks in our area aren't happy that all of the schools getting retrofitted with A/C this coming year are on the west side of the county. Valid complaint. However, it's still money going within our county. It's not (comparatively) like our federal tax dollars going to some worthless project in Alaska (bridge to nowhere, anyone?)
Tim May 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
If I owned a business on Bel Air Rd, at this point I'd just pony up for some quality security systems. Catch these criminals, at least. You can't undo a break-in, maybe you can't get the money back after the fact. However, if you can catch the crook, at least there's that. It's sad, but I mean what else can you do?
Brittany May 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I grew up in Perry Hall and just recently bought a house in the area. I have always loved it, but I have been scared by the criminal activity lately. Growing up I had never heard of anyone being robbed in the area, now it seems to occur all to often. I hope this crime trend stops and this area can get back to what it should be... I agree with many people that have posted about the bus and section 8, I dont want it at all around here. Even if the recent criminals were not using these services, they bring crime, litter, and shaddy people. I want to make this area better, not worse... I hope its not to late for my home town and future investment in Perry Hall.
mrrichard May 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Sue May 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I moved here from the city of baltimore 13 years ago and have experienced more crime than I ever did in the city. Perry Hall is not immune to the social ills that plague all other places and economic levels. It seems that its always a local when they catch these people. It has nothing to do with section 8's and the bus.
Paul May 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Sue, FYI - most of the criminals they do catch in Perry Hall are NOT Perry Hall locals!


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