Fernando Roman answered his cellphone.
"Yeah, I'm OK. Thank you," said the owner of Ted's Musicians Shop in Mount Vernon. "They stole some things."
The day before, looters had broken into his Centre Street store during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died a week after sustaining a spinal cord injury while being arrested in West Baltimore.
Independent music stores form a small community, and the caller — the owner of a Wheaton shop — was checking in on Roman, a neighborhood fixture.
Roman, 64, who was born in Colombia, bought the store in 1989 from the widow of Ted Martini, the original owner. A brother, Alvaro, 63, helps out in...