Baltimore CitySHOOTING: Central District -- Police said...

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Baltimore City

SHOOTING: Central District -- Police said two unidentified men were shot early today in the 800 block of Whitelock St. by at least two gunmen armed with large-caliber handguns. Police said the victims were standing on the southeast corner of Whitelock Street and Linden Avenue around 2:30 a.m. when men armed with what appeared to be 9mm handguns approached and began firing. Nineteen empty shell casings were recovered by police. Both victims were shot in the legs but managed to run more than a block to an apartment building in the 2400 block of Brookfield Ave. Police responding to the shooting found one wounded man lying on the street outside the building. The other man was found hiding in a closet inside the four-story apartment house. Both men were taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where they were treated. Their conditions were not immediately known, but each was expected to survive. Detectives investigating the shooting said both men were uncooperative. Police said several residents reported the incident, including a young boy who lives in the apartment building and saw one of the wounded men enter the lobby. Police said the frightened youth ran outside and used a pay phone to report that an injured man was inside an apartment. Police said the shooting appeared to be drug-related.

THEFT: Western District -- A resident of the 2700 block of W. Lanvale St. reported that someone entered her home over the weekend and stole a cassette player and $100. Police said the property had a combined worth of more than $300.

THEFT: Western District -- Police said someone broke into a 1989 Ford Mustang Monday night while the vehicle was parked in the 1100 block of McKean Ave. and stole a case of oranges. Police said the value of the fruit was not immediately known and that entry was gained by breaking one of the car's rear windows. Police said the car is owned by a resident of the 3200 block of Ingleside Ave.

THEFT: Western District -- A resident of the 1100 block of Wedgewood Road reported that while her 1985 Chevrolet van was parked in the 1800 block of Winchester St. Monday, someone broke into the vehicle and stole a compact disc player and $25. Police said entry was gained by breaking a window and that the value of the property was not immediately known.

THEFT: Western District -- Officer Terry Hendrixson reported that while his marked 1990 Chevrolet radio car was parked in the 2000 block of W. Fayette St. Monday, someone broke into the vehicle and stole a leather briefcase and a calendar. Police said the property was valued at $60 and that entry was gained by someone forcing the window down and then unlocking the door.

ROBBERY: Western District -- A resident of the 200 block of Edgewood St. told police he was walking in the 2000 block of W. Lanvale St. yesterday evening when he was assaulted by three men who knocked him to the pavement and robbed him of his keys. Police said the men then got into the victim's 1989 Nissan Maxima that was parked nearby and drove off. Police said the car, bearing license plates WPB-622, had not been recovered.

THEFT: Western District -- Police reported that a guitar valued at $400 was stolen from a 1991 Isuzu Trooper while it was parked in the 2300 block of Warwick Ave. Police said entry was gained by breaking a window.

THEFT: Western District -- Police said someone broke into a car Monday while it was parked in the 800 block of W. Fayette St. and stole a leather coat, slacks and a pair of shoes. Police said the property was valued at more than $500 and that entry was gained by someone breaking a window.

ROBBERY/ARRESTS: Western District -- Police investigating the robbery of a resident of the 2300 block of McCulloh St. yesterday while he walked in the 2100 block of Druid Hill Ave. arrested two men and were holding them at the station pending charges. The victim told police he was accosted by two men around 10 a.m. yesterday who threatened him with bodily harm if he didn't turn over his money. After the victim gave the two men more than $40, they escaped on foot. Later, police arrested the suspects a short distance from the robbery scene.

ROBBERY: Western District -- A resident of the 1600 block of Riggs Ave. told police he was walking in the 1000 block of N. Stricker St. Monday night when he was accosted by a man armed with an unknown caliber handgun who demanded he give up his money. Police said the victim complied and that the gunman escaped with $80.

BURGLARY: Western District -- Police reported that someone broke into a vacant house in the 1500 block of Woodyear St. over a period of several days and stole a water heater from the basement. Police said entry was gained by forcing the front door and that the value of the appliance was not immediately known.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- Police reported that someone broke into Monty's Bear's Den in 2800 block of Greenmount Ave. early yesterday and stole a large quantity of cigarettes from a vending machine. Police said entry was gained by forcing a door.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- Police said food, cigarettes and a radio were stolen from the Belvedere Deli in the 1100 block of W. Northern Parkway between Monday night and early yesterday after someone gained entry by force. Police said the property was valued at nearly $700.

THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of the 300 block of E. 32nd St. reported that someone entered the back yard of his home over the weekend and stole a picnic table. Police said the table was valued at $200.

ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police reported that an elderly woman was walking in the 3600 block of Frisby St. yesterday afternoon when she was approached from behind by a man who stole the purse she was carrying. The victim, who is 80 years old, told police her purse contained cash and property, all valued at nearly $100.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- Police today were seeking the person who broke into a dwelling in the 5600 block of Wexford Road by forcing a side door and stole property valued at more than $1,000. Police said the intruder escaped with a back pack, watch and several pieces of antique silverware.

THEFT: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 1900 block of E. 31st St. told police that a man she knows removed a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun from the night stand in her bedroom Monday. Police said the woman was advised to seek a warrant for the man's arrest or a summons, ordering him into court to answer theft charges.

ROBBERY: Northeastern District -- Police said a 16-year-old resident of the 3100 block of Lawnview Ave. reported he was in the 2600 block of Edison Highway yesterday afternoon when he was accosted by two men who robbed him of candy he was carrying and his hat. The victim told police his property was valued at nearly $60 and that during the robbery one of the men placed a hard object in his back.

BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Police reported that someone broke into an apartment in the 5300 block of Goodnow Road yesterday by breaking a rear window and stole a VCR and a telephone answering machine. Police said the property was valued at more than $700.

Baltimore County

ROBBERY/ARRESTS: White Marsh District -- Police said two men arrested and charged with the armed robberies of three convenience stores and a doughnut shop late Monday night and early yesterday were to appear today at bail review hearings in District Court. They are being held at the station lockup in lieu of $300,000 bail. Police said John August Diedenback, 30, of the 400 block of Latimer Road in Joppa, Harford County, and Charles Gregory Grover, 32, of the first block of Starwood Court in Essex, were arrested around 3:30 a.m. yesterday by Sgt. Steven McDonald after he stopped a pickup truck at U.S. 40 near Ebenezer Road that contained a man whose description fit one of two people wanted in the robbery of three 7-Eleven stores and a Dunkin Donut shop between 10:30 p.m. Monday and shortly after 3 a.m. yesterday. Police said the men were charged with robbing 7-Eleven stores in the first block of Compass Road; the 9600 block of Philadelphia Road; and at Bel Air and Chapel roads. They are also charged with robbing the Dunkin Donut shop in the 7800 block of Eastern Blvd. In each robbery, police said one man entered the businesses armed with a scissors and ordered employees to give him money from the cash register. Following the robbery, the armed man was seen entering a pickup truck driven by a second man. Following a bail hearing yesterday before a District Court commissioner, Mr. Diedenback was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail and Mr. Grover was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

THEFT: Parkville District -- A resident of the 9600 block of Harford Road reported that someone broke into her 1981 Ford yesterday while the vehicle was parked near her home and stole stereo radio equipment. Police said the property was valued at nearly $400.

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Anne Arundel County

ROBBERY: Arnold -- Police said two men and their female companions robbed a pool hall early Monday morning of an undisclosed sum. Police said the two men and two women entered Billie's Q Club in the 1200 block of Ritchie Highway around 3 a.m. Monday and played several games of pool. After the last game ended around 5 a.m., the two couples walked up to the counter as if to pay for the games. Instead, police said, one of the men walked behind the counter and told the manager to empty the cash register and to give the money to one of the women. The man threatened to shoot the manager but did not display a weapon, police said. After turning over the money, the manager and another employee were forced to lie on the floor and their hands were tied with tape. Police said the men and women escaped and reportedly drove off in a car.

SHOOTING: Ferndale -- Police reported a 34-year-old Brooklyn Park man was shot in the back early Monday by one of two men who asked him for a cigarette as he prepared to drive off the parking lot of a tavern on Md. 648. Police said Brian L. Blake, of the first block of Greenwood Ave., was about to drive away from Ashley's Tavern shortly after 2 a.m. Monday when he stopped for a man who asked for a cigarette. Mr. Blake later told police that when he told the man he had no cigarettes, the man pulled out a sawed shotgun and pointed the weapon at him. Police said when Mr. Blake put the car in reverse and tried to back off the lot, the gunman fired at the car, hitting Mr. Blake in the back. Police said both men escaped and that Blake drove himself to North Arundel Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Carroll County

THEFT: Westminster -- Police reported that someone entered Martin's, a football and baseball store in the 140 Village Shopping Center and stole several football and baseball trading cards. Police said the cards were valued at $200.

Harford County

THEFT: Aberdeen -- Employees of a construction company reported that someone entered a job site in the 1200 block of Perryman Road and stole tools valued at more than $2,000.

THEFT: Aberdeen -- Police said someone entered the Specialized Bike Shop in the 1000 block of Philadelphia Road and stole two mountain bikes. Police said the bikes had a combined value of $1,000.

BURGLARY: Bel Air -- A resident of the 400 block of Underwood Lane reported that someone forcibly entered his home and stole a circular saw, miter box, a hand saw and two electric drills. Police said the equipment was valued at nearly $1,000.

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