Baltimore CityASSAULT: Southwestern District -- Lee Ball,...

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ASSAULT: Southwestern District -- Lee Ball, of the 2600 block of Edmondson Ave., reported he was in the 600 block of Poplar Grove St. around midnight yesterday when he was accosted by a man who pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot at him. Police said Ball was not injured and that the gunman fled the scene on foot. Police said Ball was unable to provide a reason that the gunman would want to shoot him.

RAPE: Southwestern District -- Police reported a woman was in the 500 block of Athol Ave. around 2 a.m. yesterday when she was attacked by a man who forced her to accompany him to a darkened area where he struck her several times and raped her. Police said the man escaped and that the woman was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where she was treated for injuries and released.

BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- Employees of the Brauner Equipment Co. in the 300 block of S. Dukeland St. reported that someone broke into the building and stole property valued at nearly $300. Police said entry was gained by removing a panel from a door.

BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- Police said someone broke into Joe's Westside Barber Shop in the 2000 block of Frederick Ave. and stole several pieces of property. Police said the value of the property was not immediately known and that entry was gained through a window.

BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- A resident of the 3000 block of Brighton St. reported that someone forcibly entered his home yesterday and stole cash and food. Police said the property was valued at more than $400.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Ernest Rucker, of the 500 block of Parksley Ave., reported he was in the 3200 block of Leeds Ave. shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday when he was stopped by a man he knows who robbed him of cash and property, all valued at more than $500, at gunpoint. Police said a warrant was expected to be issued for the arrest of the gunman.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Donna Rice, of the 6800 block of Windsor Mill Road, told police she was in the 5000 block of Dickey Mill Road yesterday afternoon when she was stopped by a man armed with a knife who ordered her to give up her money and property. Police said the man escaped with cash and personal property, all valued at more than $100.

BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 1500 block of Carswell St. reported that someone broke into his garage by removing a lock and stole a moped valued at nearly $900.

ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Police said an employee of Massey's Inc., a furniture store in the 300 block of N. Eutaw St., was in the 2100 block of Sinclair Lane yesterday morning when he was accosted by a man armed with a handgun who robbed him of nearly $150 in cash.

ASSAULT: Northeastern District -- Sherry Smith, of the 3200 block of Elmley Ave., reported that during an incident at her home yesterday morning a man she knows hit her several times and then pointed a handgun at her. Police said the man fled the scene and is being sought.

BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Police said property valued at nearly $400 was reported stolen from a dwelling in the 3800 block of Elkader Ave. after someone entered through a rear basement door. Police said the intruder fled with a TV and a telephone answering machine.

ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Antoine Brown, of the 4900 block of Goodnow Road, reported he was walking in a wooded section near his home yesterday evening when he was stopped by a man armed with a handgun who ordered him to give up his money and property. Police said Brown complied, giving the gunman his cash and keys. Police said the gunman escaped with property valued at nearly $175.

BURGLARY: Western District -- Employees of G&G; Liquors in the 1100 block of W. Baltimore St. reported that someone broke into the business early Monday and stole 15 cartons of cigarettes. Police said entry was through a second-floor window and that the property was valued at nearly $200.

ROBBERY: Western District -- William Fortune, of the 1100 block of N. Carrollton Ave., reported he was in the 900 block of N. Fulton Ave. Monday night when he was accosted by a man armed with an unknown caliber handgun who demanded his money. Police said Fortune gave up $10 in cash and nearly $100 in food stamps.

Baltimore County

THEFTS: White Marsh District -- Police reported that someone broke into at least three storage lockers at the Fullerton Mini-Storage in the 7900 block of Rossville Blvd. and stole property valued at more than $1,000. Sylvia Shames, of the 2200 block of Eutaw Place, told police that someone broke into a locker she rented and stole an AM-FM stereo receiver, a turntable and an amplifier. Police said the property was valued at $800. Another victim, Marcus Hanson, of the 8400 block of Morven Road in Parkville, reported the theft of a motorcycle helmet from his locker. Hanson said the helmet was valued at $110. Police said someone broke into a storage locker rented by Judith Frazer, of the 4300 block of Innsbrooke Way in Parkville, and stole a 13-inch TV and stereo equipment, all valued at $100. Police said entry was gained into each locker by using a tool to break the lock and that all the thefts occurred over the weekend.

ROBBERY: Parkville District -- Police reported a man armed with a handgun robbed the High's dairy store in the 8600 block of Belair Road of an undisclosed sum of cash last night. Police said a man wearing dark clothing entered the store about 8:30 p.m. and placed a container of juice on the counter. Police said when the clerk opened the cash register to make the sale, the man pulled out the gun and demanded money. After taking the money, the man was seen driving off the parking lot in a green and silver pickup truck.

BURGLARY: Parkville District -- A resident of the 4100 block of Walter Ave. reported that someone broke into his garage by forcing a door and stole two motorcycles, a Honda and a Kawasaki. Police said neither of the vehicles had tags and had a total value of $4,000.

Anne Arundel County

ARRESTS: Linthicum -- Police arrested and charged two men with breaking into Al's liquor store, in the unit block of Nursery Road, and stealing several money orders. Police said Clifford Luke Edwards, 23, of the first block of Blue Jay Court in Baltimore, and Michael Aaron Tackett, 22, of the 300 block of Congressional Court in Glen Burnie, were charged with burglary after police searched a home and found money orders that were taken in the burglary. Police said the search of Tackett's home came after he allegedly tried to cash a stolen money order not long after the burglary. Tackett's arrest, police said, led to the arrest of Edwards.

THEFT: Annapolis -- Police reported that someone broke into the parking lot of the Annapolis Radiator & Body Shop in the 1000 block of Spa Road and stole a tow truck and a pickup truck. Police said entry was gained by someone using a screwdriver and a wrench to break a lock used to secure a fence around the building. Police described the stolen vehicles as a 1985 Ford tow truck and a 1990 Chevrolet pickup. The value of the vehicles was not immediately available.

Carroll County

ROBBERY TRY: Westminster -- Police today continued to search for a teen-ager who attempted to rob a service station in the 1500 block of Old New Windsor Pike. Police said the youth entered Margaret's service station and showed a dark-colored handgun to the owner, Margaret Rumbold, 84, who has owned the station for more than 50 years. Police said when the youth told Rumbold to put money into a plastic grocery bag he carried with him, the woman refused and began to scold the youth. Police said when the woman left the counter to get her husband, the youth fled out the front door and escaped after leaping over several bushes. Police said a search by a K-9 unit and a helicopter failed to find the suspect.

ARSON: Deep Run -- County fire officials said a fire that destroyed a barn last week off the 700 block of Deep Run Road near Manchester was arson and that no arrests have been made. Police said the fire, which caused an estimated $5,000 in damage, may have been set by juveniles seen in the area. The fire, which was discovered by an employee of the farm, was battled for more than two hours by units from Manchester and Pleasant Hills before it was declared under control. Police said anyone having information about the people responsible for the blaze are urged to call the fire marshal's office at (800) 492-7529.

Harford County

THEFT: Aberdeen -- Police reported that someone entered the property of a service station in the 1100 block of Philadelphia Blvd. and stole a rental truck owned by U-Haul International. Police said the truck was valued at $13,000.

VANDALISM: Abingdon -- Three cars parked in front of a business in the 700 block of Belair Road were vandalized when someone used an unknown object to damage the outside of the vehicles. Police said damage estimates ranged from $450 to $1,500.

BURGLARY: Bel Air -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 100 block of Goucher Way and stole property valued at more than $1,000. Police said the burglar escaped with a wicker basket, a box of coins and currency, clothing and jewelry. Police said a credit card in the name of the victim also was stolen.

THEFT: Street -- A resident of the 1200 block of Trappe Road told police that someone entered his property last week and stole his two 8-month-old Samoyed dogs. Police said the dogs were valued at nearly $700.

Howard County

ROBBERY: Columbia -- Police today continue their search for two men who burst into the Tokyo Spa in the 7000 block of Oakland Mills Road over the weekend and ordered several employees and customers to give up their money and valuables. Police said seven employees and three customers were in the spa when the men, both armed with handguns, forced their way in. After robbing the victims of their cash, jewelry and other items, the men forced the 10 victims into a laundry room before ordering them not to leave until the pair escaped. Police said cash, jewelry and other personal items, all of an unknown value, were taken by the men.

BURGLARY: Columbia -- A resident of the 10100 block of Placid Lake Court reported that someone broke into his home after breaking a window and stole several pieces of jewelry. Police said the value of the jewelry was not immediately known.

ARREST: Ellicott City -- Police charged a Baltimore City man with the armed robbery July 29 of the Crab Shanty, a seafood carry-out and restaurant in the 3400 block of Plumtree Drive. Police said Clifton Degraffinried, 36, of the 3700 block of Overview Road, is also suspected of committing several other armed robberies in the county and in Baltimore County. Police said Degraffinried and another man were arrested earlier behind the Wendy's restaurant in Linthicum, Anne Arundel County, and charged with conspiracy to commit an armed robbery and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. His arrest by Anne Arundel County police led Howard County police to link him as a suspect in the Crab Shanty robbery.

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