UPDATE (March 27, 1:08 p.m.)—Police released a composite sketch and description of the suspected burglar on Tuesday afternoon. More information is available in the article, .
UPDATE (March 26, 3:10 p.m.)—Police are investigating a string of six home burglaries reported in Perry Hall this past weekend.
Weeks after a in Perry Hall and Kingsville appeared to have , police say they plan to increase patrols in the impacted neighborhoods.
The six most recent home burglaries occurred between March 23 and March 25, within a 2-mile area surrounding East Joppa Road, between Belair Road and Interstate 95. Investigators believe the burglaries are likely connected, police said.
Three of the burglaries that struck homes on the 5100 block of East Joppa Road were attempted, and nothing was taken. During one of the burglaries, however, a man and his wife slept while their master bedroom was ransacked and jewelry was stolen.
Two other burglaries occurred in the 9400 Dana Vista Road and in the 9200 block of Ramblebrook Road. Both of those homes were burglarized while residents were inside.
- In the 5100 block of East Joppa Road, between 10 p.m. March 22 and 10 a.m. March 23, a screen was removed from a side window, but no one entered the home and nothing was taken. At the same home, between midnight March 24 and 10:15 a.m. March 25, two flower pots were turned upside down near the side of the house and window screens above the pots were pushed in. A gate near the driveway was also opened.
- At another home in the 5100 block of East Joppa Road, between 4 a.m. March 23 and 5:23 a.m. March 23, suspects entered through an unlocked kitchen window and ransacked the master bedroom where a couple was sleeping. Cash and an engagement ring were stolen.
- At a third home in the 5100 block of East Joppa Road, between March 24 and 4:30 a.m. March 25, a patio chair was moved to the rear of a home as a platform to gain access to a window. A rear screen door was propped open, but no one entered the home and nothing was taken.
- In the 9400 block of Dana Vista Road, between 11 p.m. March 23 and 7:30 a.m. March 24, an unlocked window was opened and items were moved from off a toilet. Nothing was taken and at least two residents were home during the burglary.
- In the 9200 block of Ramblebrook Road, between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on March 25, a locked kitchen window was broken open using tools and two purses were stolen. Four residents were home during the incident.
A burglar victim, who requested not to be identified, called the suspected burglar "brazen," and told Patch he was not deterred by the lock on her window or her dogs that were barking during the burglary.
"Citizens should be aware of how dangerous this person is," she said.
Unlike the most recent —between November 2011 and February 2012—these burglaries were largely performed at night, rather than during the day.
of the said more police will patrol the impacted neighborhoods. Balog urged community members to keep their windows locked, "even if they seem too high to climb into."
He also encouraged residents to install additional backyard lighting.
"Certainly, we think [the suspected burglars] are active and may continue to be active, at least in the short term," he said.
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