Catonsville High School was on a brief "alert status" Tuesday.
Catonsville High School was on a brief "alert status" Tuesday. (Libby Solomon / Baltimore Sun Media Group file)

Catonsville High School was placed on "alert status" for 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon after a burglary was reported in the area.

Baltimore County police responded to a burglary in the 100 Block of Samford Avenue Tuesday afternoon, police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach said. To Peach’s knoweldge, the suspect has not been apprehended as of Tuesday evening.

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As a precaution, the 1,783-student school was placed on “alert status” at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.

An alert status, which differs from a lockdown, means that the school’s exterior doors are locked and no one is allowed to go outside until the status is lifted. All indoor activites, including classes, remain the same, according to Peach.

Diana Spencer, a county school system communications officer, was not aware of a record of how many alert statuses Catonsville High has had in the current school year.

The alert status was lifted at 2:10 p.m. and students were dismissed on schedule at 2:15 p.m, according to an email Catonsville High principal Matthew Ames sent to parents.

Ames was not available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The reported burglary comes eight days after county police Officer Amy Caprio was fatally injured after responding to a call to investigative a “ suspicious Jeep” on Linwen Way in Perry Hall.

Four teens have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Caprio’s death.

At this time, there are no additional protocols in place for county police officers when responding to reports of burglaries, in light of Caprio’s murder, Peach said.

“She [Caprio] did everything right,” Peach said.

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