Westminster police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a pair of individuals who were found inside someone’s vehicle, and who may be connected to or responsible for other thefts in the area.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, a resident of Rich Mar Street in Westminster returned home and saw two individuals inside a vehicle belonging to a family member that was parked in front of their residence, according to a news release from the Westminster Police Department.


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As the individual approached, the suspects fled on foot from the vehicle and ran through the backyard of the residence. According to the witness, one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it at the witnesses vehicle as he fled. No shots were fired and there were no injuries.

Police described both suspects as African-American males, approximately 19 years old and approximately 5-foot-10 with an average build. One was wearing a red shirt and the other, whom the witness told police had displayed the firearm, had tight curly black hair and was wearing a purple shirt, according to the news release.

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information related to this case, or related to any other recent thefts in the area is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Richard Lambert of the Westminster Police Department at 410-848-4646. Information may be provided anonymously by contacting the TIPS line at 410-857-8477 or by text to 847411, keyword TIPWPD.

Car stolen from Westminster home found in southwest Baltimore City

A vehicle that was stolen from a neighborhood in Westminster was recovered just after 9 p.m. Monday in southwest Baltimore, police said.

During the overnight hours of Sunday, Aug. 12, to Monday, Aug. 13, a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles occurred in the area of Uniontown Road, not far from where the attempted theft occurred. A total of six vehicles were entered and one vehicle, a 2004 Jaguar XJ, was stolen from nearby Lodestone Court using a valet key found in the vehicle. That vehicle was later recovered unoccupied and abandoned in southwest Baltimore.

It is unclear whether the two suspects described in the attempted theft on Rich Mar Street are responsible for the other thefts.

In an effort to minimize the potential of being victimized, police are encouraging all residents to practice effective crime prevention strategies, including locking vehicles and homes, securing valuables out of sight and under lock and key, and utilizing exterior lighting around your home.

The Westminster Police Department provides residential security surveys at no cost to residents who seek guidance as to how to better protect their home and vehicles from the risk of theft or burglary.