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Daytime Door Kick-In Burglaries Prompt Police Warning

A string of kick-in burglaries around Howard County have led police to ask residents to be vigilant.


A string of daytime burglaries in Howard County in which doors have been kicked in has prompted the following police warnings: Use your dead bolt, hide your valuables in unexpected places and report any suspicious activity.

The burglaries began on Monday, with seven daytime burglaries at residences in Ellicott City, Columbia and Clarksville, according to police, then continued with one in Elkridge on Tuesday, and two more on Wednesday in Ellicott City and Woodbine.

The suspect is believed to first knock on the door of the home to determine if anyone is home, and then kick the door in to gain entry, according to police. Once inside, the suspect reportedly steals jewelry, cash and electronics.

Police are urging residents to call 911 and report if anyone knocks on your door, makes an excuse and leaves.

Also, police said to be wary and immediately report any suspicious activity in your community.

The following details are among those released on the incidents in daily police blotters:

  • Police reported a woman was in her home on Tuesday at approximately 10:45 a.m. near the 5900 block of Meadow Rose in Elkridge when she heard the doorbell ring, and about three minutes later, heard her door kicked in. At that point, she ran up her stairs yelling, and looked out her front door to see someone fleeing, but was not able to provide a description, according to police.
  • Then, on Wednesday, police reported a teenager was inside his home near the 3500 block of Rosemary Lane in Ellicott City around 12:55 p.m. when the alleged suspect knocked loudly, then kicked in the door, but the suspect fled upon realizing someone was home.

In addition, police are advising residents to use a dead bolt if possible and keep valuables in an unexpected place.

"Burglars want to get in and out quick, so don't make it easy for them to find your valuable or sentimental items," wrote police in a statement. "A home safe is a good idea to secure your most precious belongings."

So far police said they believe residents near the following blocks have been struck:

Sept. 24:

  • 4000 block Chatham Road, Ellicott City
  • 9100 block Northfield Road, Ellicott City
  • 3900 block Foxhill Drive, Ellicott City
  • 5000 block Amesbury Drive, Columbia
  • 10200 block Clarksville Pike, Columbia
  • 3900 block Cloverly Road, Ellicott City
  • 5600 block Trotter Road, Clarksville 

Sept. 25:

  • 5900 block Meadow Rose, Elkridge

Sept. 26:

  • 3500 block Rosemary Lane, Ellicott City
  • 3500 block Hipsley Mill Road, Woodbine

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MG42 October 01, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Please don't bother County Exec Ulman about this. He's too busy tweeting about the Orioles and running for governor to be bothered with what he was elected to do.
number9dream October 01, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Perhaps our law enforcement agencies would be more effective at preventing this type of crime if they weren't so pre-occupied with DUI checkpoints and busting Johns on Route 1.
Granite October 01, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Now is the time to get more proactive rather than reactive. First, get to know Maryland's Castle Doctrine REALLY well. Once you're finished reading that, go straight to the Right of Self-Defense in Maryland. Criminals know laws can be bent to protect them, so they can AND WILL use them to their advantage to get away with what they can. For starters, links are below for your convenience: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_doctrine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_self-defense_in_Maryland Second, always remember criminals go after easy targets. Assumption and complacency are your enemies. Do you have a set pattern in your daily activities, ie, are you predictable? Do you leave your doors unlocked because "you have nothing worth stealing"? (yes, I've heard that from quite a few victims). At night, are there any lights outside near your windows and doors? Large trees or bushes near your windows or doors they can hide behind? The list goes on, but you can get this pattern. There is no perfect defense, but the more difficult a target you make yourself, the less likely you'll have to deal with this situation.
June Scuttlebug October 09, 2012 at 11:30 AM
All of this talk about residents purchasing firearms is making me feel much less safe than the unarmed teenage burglar. Remember that a few years ago a junior high student in HoCo was killed when his friend accidentally fired his uncle's gun at him. I don't think arming ourselves is the answer, especially when this kid ran away every time he noticed someone to be in the home he was robbing. A BB gun might be more appropriate.
Gina October 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Are you serious??? Teenagers aren't the only ones breaking into houses. If you man enough to kick in someone's front door and steal their belonging then you are man enough to pay the consequences. People should be able to protect their homes and families, they don't know who's coming through that door! If you want to play with fire then prepare to get burned!


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