Joppa homeowner surprises burglars Sunday, loot recovered

A Joppa resident surprised a man and a woman burglarizing his home Sunday, and a neighbor then chased the burglar, who dropped what had been taken from the home before getting away, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the home in the 2600 block of Greenspring Avenue West at 12:08 p.m. Sunday for a report of breaking and entering in progress.

Upon arrival, they met the homeowner, Walter Verbus, 72, who told them he came home and interrupted a man burglarizing the home, according to a media release from Eddie Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Verbus told deputies he first observed a gray or silver KIA sports utility vehicle in the driveway of his home blowing the horn, according to the release. He described the driver of the KIA as a white female with blond hair.

The burglar, whom Verbus described as a white male with a black mustache, wearing black sweat pants, a black sweat shirt and black gloves, then ran from the rear of the home toward the front of the home, according to the release

A neighbor then began chasing the burglar, the sheriff's office reported. As he fled, the burglar dropped the property he stole from the home, which was recovered by deputies.

A search of the area by uniformed deputies, police K-9 and Maryland State Police aviation was unable to locate the burglar or his accomplice. There were no injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Craig Blessing at the Sheriff's Office Southern Precinct at 410-612-1717.

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