Between the evening of Tuesday, July 17, and the early morning hours, items were reported stolen from a Westminster home and a vehicle was taken.

Homeowners told police that suspects gained entry to the residence on Uniontown Road, and took keys and wallets before taking a vehicle, described as a black Honda Element.


Westminster police Capt. Pete D’Antuono said there had been two other reports of cars tampered with in the immediate area.

He reminded residents to lock cars and not leave valuables in vehicles where they can be seen.

During the afternoon of July 18, the owners reported to police that they had spotted the stolen car in Westminster and had attempted to follow but were unsuccessful.

One of the homeowners posted to a Facebook neighbors’ group, the Westminster Online Community, about the incident in hopes that others could help with spotting the vehicle and to inform others that incidents like this are happening, she said.

“It’s a community awareness thing,” she said of what she hoped would come from making others aware of the incident. “We have to look out for our neighbors.”

She felt that incidents in Westminster were “becoming more brazen in nature,” was unsettled that the suspects had entered her home. Her family was home and sleeping at the time of the incident, she said.

She urged others to lock doors and invest in motion sensor lights or other deterrent measures before a break-in takes place. She wished their home had a sensor light that may have scared away the thieves.

“You feel unsafe, you feel insecure, you feel violated,” she said.

D’Antuono said in the case a person encounters what they believe to be a stolen car, they should call 911 and if they feel comfortable, they can follow in their vehicle to give updates on its location to police. Police “definitely don’t advise approaching,” he said.

The Westminster Police Department can be reached at 410-848-4646. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.