BURGLARY TRY: Northeastern District -- Police credited a dog with preventing a burglary at a house in the 4700 block of Simms Ave. yesterday. Police said someone attempted to break into the dwelling by forcing open the front door but was scared off when the occupant's dog began barking.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police reported that Laurell Francis, of the first block of Aintree Road in Baltimore County, was walking in the 6300 block of York Road yesterday afternoon when she was robbed of her purse by two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun. Police said that after Francis was robbed, the gunman and his accomplice drove off in a late model Buick that had earlier been reported stolen. Police said the car, bearing license plate WSG-736, sped south on York Road toward Northern Parkway.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Shirley McPherson, 29, of the first block W. 25th St., reported she was in the 2500 block of St. Paul St. yesterday when she was assaulted by a man who grabbed her purse. Police said that during a brief struggle the purse strap broke and that the man held onto the purse and fled. Police said the purse contained cash and property valued at $100.
SHOOTING: Southwestern District -- Police reported that during an incident in the 3000 block of W. North Ave. a man armed with a handgun shot Robert Herndon, of the 2100 block of Mount Holly St., in the back. Police said Herndon was taken to a hospital where he was listed today in critical condition. Police said they had no motive for the shooting and no suspect.
CAB HOLDUP: Southwestern District -- A driver for the Diamond Cab Co. in the 1900 block of Ashburton St. reported he was driving in the 4500 block of Windsor Mill Road early yesterday morning when he was ordered to stop by two men he picked up earlier. Police said the driver, whose name was not available, was forced to turn over his money to the men, one of whom was armed with a handgun and the other a rifle. Police said the pair fled with more than $100.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police reported that two men entered Murry's Steaks at the Edmondson Village Shopping Center in the 4400 block of Edmondson Ave. yesterday evening and forced Donna Tucker, an employee, to give them the contents of the cash register while pointing a silver-colored handgun at her. Police said Tucker complied and that the men fled with less than $25.
ASSAULT: Northern District -- Lisa Gills, 26, of the 3100 block of Ellerslie Ave., reported that during an argument at her home yesterday with a relative she was struck in the head with a screwdriver. Police said Gills was taken to Union Memorial Hospital for treatment and released. No arrest has been made in the case, police said.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police were seeking four males in their late teens or early 20s who walked out of the 7-Eleven store in the 700 block of E. 25th St. after stealing more than $16 worth of food from shelves. Police said the four were seen entering a red Chevrolet station wagon that sped off.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- Richard Kirby, of the 100 block of S. Wolfe St., reported he was in the alley behind the 200 block of S. Castle St. yesterday evening when he was accosted by a man who forced him to give up his portable radio. Police said the man escaped and that the radio was valued at nearly $150.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- Ruth Bolling, of the 800 block of S. Eden St., told police she was bending over tying her shoe while in the 3800 block of Foster Ave. yesterday when a man approached her from behind and stole the purse she was carrying over her shoulder. Police said the purse contained $15.
ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- Police today were seeking three men who robbed the Popeye's restaurant and carryout in the 300 block of N. Broadway. Police said after the men entered the restaurant, one of them placed a small-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the manager's back and ordered him to give him the contents of at least one cash register. During the robbery, one of the men stood by the front door as a lookout while the third assisted the gunman in the robbery. Police said the three men escaped with more than $100.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Rudolph C. Platt, of the 500 block of N. Schroeder St., reported he was walking home from church and was in the 1300 block of N. Fremont Ave. when he was accosted by two men who robbed him of property valued at nearly $150. Police said the men fled with the victim's watch and a ring.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Michael Randall, of the 300 block of N. Stricker St., reported he was robbed of nearly $60 by a man armed with what appeared to be a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun who stopped him as he walked in the 1700 block of W. Lanvale St.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Employees of the Cloverland Farms Dairy in the 2300 block of N. Monroe St. reported that someone broke into one of their trailers that was parked in the 2300 block of Elgin Ave. and stole property of unknown value. Later, police arrested four teen-agers and charged each with burglary. Following charges, the four were released to the custody of their parents pending action by juvenile authorities.
ASSAULT: Western District -- Leola Riggins, of the 2400 block of Druid Hill Ave., reported that she was assaulted by a man she knows who chased her out of the house while threatening her with a knife. Police said the man was arrested. In addition to reportedly assaulting Riggins, the man also faces charges of assaulting her daughter.
SHOOTING: Western District -- Earl Carroll, of the 6800 block of Sturbridge Drive, reported he was in the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave. when he was attacked by two men, one armed with a shotgun. Police said that during the incident the armed man fired a shot that struck Carroll in the right arm. Police said the gunman and his accomplice fled and that Carroll was taken to a hospital for treatment.
BURGLARY: Western District -- A resident of the 2200 block of Druid Hill Ave. reported that someone broke into his home by forcing open the front door and removed property valued at more than $2,500.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Narcissus Gordon, of the 2000 block of E. Eager St., reported he was robbed of more than $100 by two men, one armed with a handgun, who accosted him as he walked in the 2200 block of Brunt St.
THEFT: Western District -- Police reported that while William Braxton, of the 900 block of Parrish St., was away from his home for a short period of time someone entered the house and removed property valued at more than $300. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.
THEFT: Western District -- Michael Talley, of the 2500 block of Woodbrook Ave., reported that while his car was parked in the 200 block of N. Warwick Ave. someone broke into the vehicle and removed a compact disc player, radar detector, stereo speakers and a radio. Police said the property was valued at nearly $850.
SHOOTING: Western District -- Police today continued their search for a man who robbed William Moye, of the 1600 block of Braddish Ave., of his leather coat and a watch and then shot Moye in the arm with a handgun. Police said Moye was in the 1800 block of N. Bentalou St. when he was forced to give up his property to an armed man. Following the robbery, the gunman shot Moye for no apparent reason and fled. Police said Moye was taken to a hospital for treatment.
BURGLARY: Western District -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 2300 block of Eutaw Place and removed property valued at nearly $1,000. Police said the intruder made off with two VCRs, two telephones and at least two pieces of jewelry.
THEFT: Western District -- Cecelia Carter, an out-of-town resident, reported that while her car was parked in the 1500 block of W. North Ave. someone broke into the vehicle and removed a gold bracelet, clothing and a radio. Police said the property was valued at nearly $700.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 5200 block of Frankford Ave. reported that someone forcibly entered his apartment and removed a TV. Police said the property was valued at more than $300.
ASSAULT: Northeastern District -- Milton Horning, of the 1800 block of Milton Ave., reported that during an incident in the 2900 block of Hillen Road he was assaulted by a woman who struck him with a glass. Police said the woman escaped and that Horning sustained several cuts, none of them serious. Police said Horning was advised to seek a warrant for the woman's arrest.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Officials of the Aisquith Presbyterian Church in the 7500 block of Harford Road reported that a man they know stole several pieces of aluminum from their property and placed them inside his truck before driving away. Police said the value of the property was not immediately known and that the suspect, a resident of Freeland in Baltimore County, was being sought.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- Police reported a parking meter head was removed from its post in the 5400 block of Harford Road. Police said the device, the property of the city's Department of Transportation, was valued at nearly $250.
ROBBERY: Woodlawn District -- Police reported a deliveryman for Pizza Kalzons in the 8500 block of Liberty Road was making a delivery in the 3400 block of Barry Paul Road in Randallstown shortly after 9 p.m. yesterday when he was accosted by two men, one armed with a shotgun, who demanded his money. Police said the gunman and his accomplice escaped with cash and a pizza, all valued at less than $100.
ROBBERY: Towson District -- Police today continued their search for two men, one armed with a handgun, who entered The Country's Best Yogurt store in the 700 block of York Road around 9:30 p.m. yesterday and ordered an employee and at least two customers to the floor. Police said the pair fled after taking money from the cash register and robbing two customers of their purses. Police said the value of the money and property taken in the robbery was not immediately known. The same store was held up last week, police said.
ROBBERY: Eldersburg -- Two men who robbed the High's dairy store on Md. 26 near Klee Mill Road last night were pursued by a State Police K-9 unit into Baltimore County and escaped after abandoning their car near the Liberty Dam watershed. Police said one man armed with a handgun entered the store at 8:30 p.m. and forced a female clerk to give him the contents of the cash register. After taking the money from the clerk, the gunman forced the woman to remove her wedding and engagement rings. Police said the gunman fled and was seen getting into a silver-colored 1988 Mazda that was occupied by a second man. Moments after the robbery, the car containing the suspects was spotted by K-9 Trooper Jack Hinkle, who was responding to the robbery. Police said Hinkle turned around and chased the car into Baltimore County, where he found it abandoned on Nicodemus Road near the watershed. A search by Hinkle's dog, several state and county ground units and a helicopter failed to locate the suspects. Police said the car, which was reported stolen earlier in Baltimore, was to be processed for fingerprints that may lead to the identification of the wanted men.