Police are asking North County residents to be on the lookout for suspicious cars or people after a recent string of home burglaries. Cockeysville police precinct's assistant commander Lt. Robert McGraw sent out a mass email on Jan. 10 about burglaries in Monkton, Sparks and Phoenix.
"These are not areas where we normally have burglaries," McGraw said. "We're not sure if they are related, but there is a trend."
Most burglaries happened during the day, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., he said, including two on Manor Road in Phoenix. The first was in the 14500 block between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20. A rear door was smashed and jewelry stolen. The other, in the 15400 block, occurred on Jan. 9 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. That house was ransacked and three handguns, jewelry and cash were stolen.
One burglary occurred in the middle of the night. A glass sliding door was broken at a house in the 16100 block of Baconsfield Lane in Monkton at 4:20 a.m. on Jan. 4. A purse was stolen off a kitchen counter.
On Jan. 7 between 8 a.m. and noon in the 1000 block of Corbett Road in Monkton, a rear door was broken and jewelry and a wooden chest stolen.
McGraw said electric meters at two houses were tampered with, causing power outages in the houses.
There have also been numerous thefts from unlocked cars in Phoenix. They occurred between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Items stolen include cigars, money, a checkbook and credit cards.
On Jan. 4, items were stolen from four vehicles in Phoenix — one on Hunt Valley View Terrace, one on Green Branch Drive, and two on Cripplegate Road.
"We will increase patrols in the affected areas. I would ask you and your neighbors to report anything that looks suspicious by calling 911," McGraw wrote in the e-mail.
Residents who want a security survey of their home are asked to contact Cockeysville precinct's Outreach Team at 410-887-1863.