Four recent home burglaries have shaken Perry Hall neighborhoods—but do not reflect an overall rate increase in crime and may be seasonally related, police said.
At about 8:30 a.m. on June 20, an attempted home burglary was reported in the 8900 block of Whitetail Court. The suspect, a male in a "red hoodie," ran from the scene after he was startled by a resident, Patch .
Between 4:30 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. on June 18, a home burglary was reported in the unit block of Shawn Court, according to a police report. A glass side door was busted and $5,000 in jewelry was taken from a bedroom. A witness described the suspect as a white male, 6-foot, about 165 pounds, wearing a black shirt, tan cargo shorts, black shoes and driving a silver Toyota Corolla, a police report showed.
Between 9:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. on June 16, in the 9600 block of Gerst Road, another glass patio door was broken and a person entered a home. A resident in another room called out, "Hello," and the suspect responded, "What's up?" The resident then heard more glass shatter and the suspect fled the scene, Patch .
Between 11:30 a.m. and 11:38 p.m. on June 15, in the 9300 block of Pent Angel Way, the basement door to a home was pried open and two laptops and possibly jewelry were taken, Patch also this week.
The incidents are not necessarily related, according to Lt. Ron Brooks of the , and the investigations into all four are ongoing.
The is also investigating a kicked-in garage door in the 4100 block of Slater Avenue in Perry Hall. Nothing was taken and Officer Mark Dorsey described it as "random and usual."
Brooks urged residents to lock windows and doors whenever possible and immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911. He added that the recent incidents may be a symptom of the .
"Typically, we will see a spike in burglaries when schools just come out of session and when the weather becomes warmer," Brooks said.
Overall, however, burglary rates are down in the White Marsh and Parkville precincts, which each stretch from the Baltimore City line to Kingsville, according to Brooks and Dorsey.
"Burglaries are one of the toughest things to solve and this particular county has one of the highest closure and arrest rates in the entire country—that's a fact," Brooks added.
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