Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the groupis targeting a breaking, entering and theft at a home on Nicodemus Road on Jan. 14.

Police said the home was entered sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. Entry was gained by breaking the glass of a back door.

Several computer items were stolen, including a DTK Keen 2000 computer, a Magnavox 9CM082 monitor, a Suntouch keyboard, and RCI power driver, Kraft 3 button mouse, a Cardinal Interna modem, and an Epson 9 pin printer, police said.

Also taken were several compact discs and computersoftware.

Police said the home recently has been the target of multiple crimes.

A neighbor may be involved, police said.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need togive your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


WESTMINSTER -- State police completed an eight-month investigation into several daytime breaking and enterings in south Carroll with the arrest of three Howard County men.

The men were charged in 10 thefts from south Carroll homes between June 26 and August 22, said Tfc. Robert R. Heuisler.

Heuisler said the three men were charged as a result of an cooperative investigation between the state police in Westminster, HowardCounty Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department.

The police departments began working together when they discovered they were seeing the same kinds of robberies in each of their jurisdictions and figured they all were committed by the same people, he said.

Heuisler said some of the breaking, enterings and thefts were committed on the same days in different counties.

He said the suspects would go up to a house, knock on the front door, and if no one answered, they would return and break in.

Police estimate the victims ofthe thefts may have had a total loss of $96,000.

"It was a mini-crime spree," Heuisler said.

He said Howard County police arrested Andrew Venters, 22, address unknown, near the scene of one of the crimes Nov. 6. He is being held in the Howard County detention center.

Homer Shaffer, 24, ran away from the crime scene but was arrested Feb. 26in Hagerstown, Washington County. He is being held at the Hagerstowndetention center.

The third suspect, a juvenile, was arrested and charged Nov. 6. He was released into the custody of his parents.


WESTMINSTER -- State police still are seekingsuspects in three armed robberies of county convenience stores.

Police believe the suspect who robbed the Tevco Self-Serve convenience store in Finksburg Feb. 15 also may have robbed the same store Feb. 6.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, weighing about 140 pounds, with a blond mustache.

The suspect wore a nylon stocking on his face with eyeholes cut in it, police said.

During the second Tevco robbery, the man wore a hood pulled tight around his headso that only a small portion of his face showed.

In one of the robberies, the suspect claimed he had a knife. In the other, he displayeda small semiautomatic weapon.

In another armed robbery at the High's Dairy Store at Route 26 and Klee Mill Road Feb. 5, police said a man entered the store and displayed a small silver revolver while demanding the store clerks empty the cash register.

The man fled in a 1988 Mazda that was reported stolen from Baltimore, police said. Anotherman was waiting in the car.

After a chase with a state police car, the car was abandoned on Nicodemus Road in Baltimore County.

Police believe the pair stole another car in Baltimore County and then abandoned it in Baltimore City.

State police Sgt. Jeff Merson said the police are working closely with Baltimore City police to find the suspects. He believes they live in the city.

One of the suspects is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, between 25 and 30 years old.

He wore a medium-length black trench coat at the time of the robbery.

Ifyou have any information about these cases or believe you may know who is involved, please call the state police at 848-3111.


WESTMINSTER -- State police may have a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Hampstead Jan. 11, but they say they need more evidence before they can make an arrest.

Sgt. Jeff Merson said Friday that he did not knowwhen the man would be arrested and charged.

At the time of the robbery, police said bank employees told them that a man entered the bankat 9:30 a.m., pulled out a small-caliber handgun, and ordered tellers to open their money drawers.

Police said the man told all the employees in the bank to lie on the floor and then he jumped over the counter to scoop up bundles of cash.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Police said some of the money was recovered in the bank parking lot.

The suspect is described as a white male, age 22 to 25, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Feb. 27

9:58 a.m., Hampstead, Lineboro and Manchester responded to a house fire on Mount Carmel Road inBaltimore County.

11:43 a.m., New Windsor responded to a brush fire on Church Street.

Feb. 28

9:08 a.m., Mount Airy responded toan electrical fire in Frederick County on Talbot Road.

10:26 a.m., Sykesville responded to a trailer fire in Howard County on Old Frederick Road.

2:33 p.m., Winfield responded to a field fire in Frederick County on Buffalo Road.

March 1

8:02 a.m., Gamber responded to a brush fire on Klee Mill Road.

9:37 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Memorial Drive.

10:58 a.m., Gamber responded to hazardous condition on Sykesville Road.

12:41 p.m.,Gamber responded to a field fire on Deer Park Road.

2:48 p.m., New Windsor responded to a grass fire on Sams Creek Road.

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