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Serious crime in Harford County inched up slightly during the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period last year, state police reported.

A total of 4,230 serious crimes were reported in the county from January through September, state police said.

That compares with 4,227 incidents reported in last year.

The number of rapes, robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts increased, while reports of murders, aggravated assaults, arsons and thefts decreased during the reporting period, police said.

The number of burglaries rose the most during the last nine months, compared to 1989 statistics, police said. A total of 1,137 burglaries were reported, compared with 1,044 for the same period last year.

Rapes increased to 37 in the first part of this year, from 34 in 1989.

Robberies rose to 76 from 73, and motor vehicle thefts were up to 266 from 232.

Meanwhile, murders dropped to four, from eight in last year; aggravated assaults fell to 311 from 357; arsons dipped to 46 from 51; and thefts slipped to 2,399 from 2,479.

In comparison, serious crime in Cecil County increased by 11 percent during the first nine months of this year, from 1,821 to 2,028 reported incidents. In Baltimore County, crime increased by 1 percent, from 31,301 to 31,687 incidents.

* The following is a compilation of crimes that county police agencies investigated last week:

Bel Air

500 block Woodbury Way: Nov. 27, diamond ring stolen from residence; total loss, $3,500.

1200 block Kirby Circle: Nov. 26, sewing machine stolen from residence; total loss, $800.


900 block Angel Valley Court: Nov. 21, 1987 Mazda automobile stolen; total loss, $7,000.

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