BURGLARY: Western District -- Employees of the Unity Beauty Supply Distributor in the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Ave. reported that someone broke into the building through a rear door and stole several pieces of equipment and beauty supplies. Police said the value of the property was not known.
ASSAULT/ARREST: Western District -- Police arrested a man and were holding him at the station pending charges that he threatened a resident of the 1100 block of W. Lanvale St. with a knife during an incident at the victim's home over the weekend. Police said the suspect, a 34-year-old man, allegedly pointed the knife at the victim and threatened to cut him. Police said that after the man is charged, he will appear at a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.
RAPE/ARREST: Western District -- A woman reported that over the weekend, a man forced her into a vacant house in the 1700 block of Edmondson Ave. and raped her. The woman told police the man struck her with his fists and kicked her before sexually assaulting her. After she was let go, the woman reported the incident and was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Later, police arrested a suspect in connection with the rape and were holding him at the station pending formal charges.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police reported that a man armed with an unknown caliber handgun accosted a resident of the 3700 block of Woodbine Ave. while he walked in the 1800 block of N. Monroe St. Saturday morning and ordered him to give up his money. Police said the victim complied, giving the gunman more than $70.
ASSAULT/ARREST: Western District -- A resident of the 1300 block of W. North Ave. reported that during an incident in the 2100 block of Etting St. over the weekend, he was attacked by a man armed with an unknown caliber handgun who struck him over the head with the weapon. Police said the victim was not seriously injured and that the suspect was held overnight at the station pending formal charges and a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.
ROBBERY TRY/SHOOTING: Northern District -- Police said a 17-year-old resident of the 1300 block of Homestead St. was shot early yesterday during an attempted robbery in the 800 block of Exeter Hall Ave. Police said the victim was walking along the street around 2 a.m. when he was stopped by a man armed with an unknown caliber handgun who ordered him to give up his money. Police said the victim turned and was about to flee when the gunman fired a shot that struck the victim in the left leg. The gunman fled without robbing the injured victim. Police said the wounded teen-ager was taken by ambulance to Union Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of the 400 block of Edgevale Road reported that while his 1988 Toyota minivan was parked near his home over the weekend, someone broke into the vehicle and stole an AM-FM cassette stereo radio. Police said the property was valued at $500.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- Employees of the Allegany Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in the 1600 block of Union Ave. reported that someone broke into an office between Friday evening and yesterday morning and stole a metal box containing more than $500.
ARMED ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police said a resident of the 500 block of S. Pulaski St. was walking near her home about 9 a.m. yesterday when she was stopped by a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun who demanded her money. Police said the woman complied, giving the man more than $100.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police said a woman was walking in the 500 block of Swann Ave. yesterday afternoon when she was assaulted by a man who struck her with his fist then robbed her. The victim, a resident of the 1000 block of N. Ellamont St., told police the man escaped with more than $100.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A man armed with what appeared to be a 9mm semi-automatic handgun accosted a female resident of the 3200 block of Westmont Ave. yesterday afternoon as she walked in the 3000 block of Presstman St. and robbed her of her overcoat and carrying bag. Police said the property was valued at nearly $100 and that the man was the ex-boyfriend of the victim. Police said they expected to arrest the man shortly.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Police said two men robbed the Merit Oil Co. yesterday evening of an undisclosed sum. The men, one armed with a handgun, walked into the company's office in the 500 block of N. Franklintown Road and ordered an employee to open an inner office door. After the employee did so, the men took money and fled.
CHURCH BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Members of the Mount Olive Lutheran Church in the 2900 block of Belair Road reported that someone broke into the building over the weekend and stole at least $500 in cash and checks from a safe in a basement office. Police said entry into the building was by removing a metal grate from a window.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Police said at least $1,000 worth of assorted jewelry was stolen after someone broke two display windows at Meeks Jewelers in the 6000 block of Harford Road. Police said the break-in occurred around 2 a.m. yesterday.
ARSON/BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- A fire that was deliberately set in the rental office of the Barclay Square Apartments in the 2000 block of Woodbourne Ave. early yesterday caused serious damage to the building. Police said someone broke into the office and poured a flammable liquid on a sofa and the floor before igniting it. The fire was extinguished in less than a half-hour and none of the occupants in nearby apartments were injured. Police said they had no motive for the break-in and burning.
ROBBERY/ARREST: Wilkens District -- Police arrested a man and were holding him at the Woodlawn station after charging him with robbing a High's dairy store in the 5200 block of Baltimore National Pike early yesterday evening. Following the 4 p.m. robbery, during which the man stole food items, he was seen driving away in a 1983 Toyota pickup truck by K-9 Officer David Kruger, who followed the vehicle on Old Frederick Road to Vincent Avenue. There, the occupant was about to get out of the truck when Officer Kruger approached and ordered him to stay inside the vehicle. Minutes later, an employee of the store arrived on the scene and identified the man as the person who stole the items while threatening him with bodily harm. Police said Joseph L. Roper, 29, of the 700 block of Newington Ave. in the Reservoir Hill section of Baltimore City, was charged with robbery, theft of property valued at less than $300 and assault. Police said the suspect was held overnight in lieu of $25,000 bail pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.
Anne Arundel County
BURGLARY: Glen Burnie -- Police reported a man broke into a dwelling in the 6400 block of Union Court over the weekend and was removing ice cube trays from the refrigerator when the female occupant entered the kitchen and confronted him. The woman later told police she was awakened early Sunday by a loud noise and entered the kitchen. She later reported that the man told her he was a police officer and then pushed her back up the stairs before escaping. Police said nothing appeared to be missing from the home and that entry was gained by the intruder throwing a concrete cinder block through the sliding glass door.
DRUG ARRESTS: Annapolis -- Police over the weekend arrested a couple and charged them with multiple counts of drug violations. Police said a search-and-seizure warrant was served on the occupants of the house in the 600 block of Ridge Road Friday night and that a search resulted in the seizure of a marijuana-growing and packaging operation. More than 11 ounces of marijuana also was seized by officers of the Southern and Western districts tactical narcotic teams. Charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute were Gary Wilson Painter, 45, and his wife, Deborah Kaye Painter, 40. Bail information on the couple was not immediately available.
ARMED ROBBERY: Pioneer City -- Police reported two men, one armed with a knife, accosted an employee of a convenience store as he was leaving work Saturday night and robbed him of his wallet and money. The 38-year-old victim told police he was leaving the Pioneer food store on Deerfield Road shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday when he was stopped by two men, one armed with a knife. The victim reported the man armed with the knife pressed the weapon to his neck, while the other man robbed him of his wallet. After taking the man's wallet, the armed man and his accomplice escaped.
BURGLARY: Westminster -- City police reported that someone broke into the bookstore at Western Maryland College last Wednesday night and stole more than $6,000 in cash and checks from a safe. Police and school officials declined to say how the book store was entered or how the safe was opened.
VANDALISM: Westminster -- Police reported that someone entered the lot at Westminster Motors on Md. 140 and used an unknown sharp object to scratch the bodies of two cars. Police said the damage was estimated at more than $1,600.
BURGLARY: Aberdeen -- A resident of the first block of West Bel Air Ave. told police that someone broke into his car while the vehicle was parked near his home and stole hunting clothes, a compound bow and a shotgun. Police said the property was valued at more then $1,200.
BURGLARY: Abingdon -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 3300 block of Cheverly Road and stole several appliances, ceiling fans, lamp fixtures and a faucet sprayer. Police said the property was valued at more than $1,000.
THEFT: Bel Air -- Employees of Bel Air Farm Supply in the 400 block of N. Main St. told police that someone stole a small wooden cow from in front of their store last week. The cow was used as an ornament and advertising for the business and was worth $50.
THEFT: Bel Air -- A resident of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Vanguard Way told police that someone broke into his car while the vehicle was parked outside his home and stole a compact-disc player, radio, camera and several compact discs. Police said the property was valued at nearly $1,000. In an apparent unrelated theft, someone broke into a storage locker in the basement of an apartment in the same complex and stole hand and power tools, fishing gear and stereo equipment. Police said the property was worth more than $1,200.
BURGLARIES: Broad Creek -- Police reported that two summer cabins in the 300 block of Broad Creek Road were broken into last week. From one cabin, someone stole a boat motor and a pair of field glasses, all valued at nearly $700. From another cabin, an intruder stole fishing equipment valued at more than $500.
BURGLARY: Ellicott City -- A resident of the 10300 block of Burnside Drive reported that someone broke into his storage area and stole two multispeed bikes. Police said the value of the bike was not immediately known.
BURGLARY: Laurel -- Police reported that someone forcibly entered a home in the 9200 block of Scaggsville Road and stole several pieces of jewelry. Police said the value of the jewelry was not known and that entry into the house was through an unlocked screen door.