Burglars are targeting large, expensive ornamental pieces of lawn furniture in Towson, Baltimore County Police said in an email to community members Wednesday.
At around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, two men tried to steal a large stone potting plant from the front porch of a home in the 6500-block of Montrose Avenue, which is located between Bellona Avenue and North Charles Street.
The homeowners confronted the men, whom police said were white males, before the burglars fled in a silver pick-up truck.
According to police reports, four cast-iron urns were stolen from the front yard of a home in that same block of Montrose Avenue. That burglary took place between 9 p.m. March 25 and 6 a.m. March 26.
In an email to community members, Sgt. Stephen Fink of the Towson precinct said a third robbery occurred in the area as well last month. In the two earlier instances, Fink said the baskets or urns were cut from atop the pillars supporting them with power tools.
"In all these cases the person [or persons] responsible have to [have] used some type of power tools and trucks to remove these large, heavy, bulky items," Fink wrote. "Thus, we are asking you once again to alert your community members to be observant of any activities in your neighborhoods and call 911 when any activity could be construed as suspicious or criminal."