Baltimore CitySHOOTING: Northeastern District -- A man...

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SHOOTING: Northeastern District -- A man was shot last night when he answered a knock at his door in the 5600 block of The Alameda. Police said Robert M. Plato, 21, answered a knock around 8 p.m. and was shot at by someone standing on the front porch. Police said Mr. Plato was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where physicians found lead fragments in an eye. Then he was taken to the Wilmer Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he underwent emergency treatment to remove the lead fragments and repair the damage. Police said it appeared that the bullet fired at the victim struck something else and a bullet fragment hit him in the face. Police said they had no motive for the shooting.

ROBBERY: Central District -- A man who was in the 700 block of Ploy St. yesterday afternoon after leaving a nearby First National Bank branch was stopped by two men, one reportedly armed with a handgun, who robbed him of his wallet containing about $50 and his 24-hour bank card. Police said the victim was taken to his car and forced to drive to an automated teller machine in the vestibule of a bank in the 300 block of St. Paul St. Police said that when the victim neared the machine, with the two men following close behind, he darted into the main lobby of the building and told employees to call police. In the meantime, the robbers escaped.

ROBBERY: Central District -- A man who was walking in the 700 block of Tyson St. around 2 p.m. Monday was stopped by two men who robbed him of nearly $30 and then ordered him back into his car. Police said the man was forced to drive to a Maryland National Bank in the first block of Light St., where he made out a personal check for $500 and was given cash. Outside the bank, the victim gave the money to the men, who escaped on foot.

ROBBERY: Central District -- A resident of Chesapeake Commons, an apartment building in the 600 block of N. Eutaw St., told police she was getting out of her car near her home around 10:30 p.m. yesterday when she was accosted from behind by a man with a handgun, who robbed her of her purse. She told police that during the robbery, the man pressed the weapon against the side of her head and threatened to shoot if she didn't give up her property. Police said the man escaped with nearly $100, jewelry, credit cards and other items.

ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- Two men wearing hooded jackets robbed a jewelry store at Mondawmin Mall Tuesday evening of jewelry valued at more than $80,000. Police said the two men entered the Gift Bazaar shortly before the 9 p.m. closing time and asked to see a watch. While a clerk was showing a watch to the men, one of them pulled out a handgun. Police said the men stole several pieces of jewelry from a display case and escaped.

ROBBERY: Western District -- A resident of the 2300 block of Winchester St. was taking out the trash late Tuesday night in the back yard of his home when he was accosted by three men, one armed with a handgun, who forced him to give up his money. Police said the armed man and his accomplices escaped with $30.

BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- Property valued at more than $300 was stolen from a dwelling in the 3900 block of Stokes Drive after someone got in through the front window. Police said the intruder escaped with a TV and a VCR.

BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- Someone broke into a dwelling in the 900 block of Ellicott Drive yesterday by forcing a rear door and stole property of undetermined value.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- Two men, one armed with what appeared to be a handgun, accosted a man walking in the 4600 block of Edmondson Ave. early yesterday and robbed him of his wallet and cash. The victim told police that during the robbery, one of the men pressed a hard object to his head and threatened to kill him if he didn't cooperate. Police said the men escaped with $40.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A man who was walking in the 600 block of Wildwood Parkway early Tuesday was stopped by two men, one with a handgun, who ordered him to lie on the ground and to cover his eyes. Then the gunman and his accomplice robbed the man of his leather jacket and tennis shoes, all valued at nearly $300.

ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A deliveryman for a pizza shop reported he was about to deliver a food order to a customer in the 3300 block of Dorithan Road around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was accosted by two men, one with a handgun, who forced him back into his 1979 Buick and ordered him to drive them to the 3400 block of Edgewood Road. There, the gunman and his accomplice robbed the victim of $85, locked him in the trunk of the car and fled. Later, the victim freed himself and called police.

THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of the 700 block of E. 36th St. reported that while his 1982 Ford van was parked near his home yesterday, someone broke into it and stole stereo radio equipment valued at more than $300.

ROBBERY: Northern District -- A resident of the 800 block of Lenton Ave. was walking near her home yesterday afternoon when a man approached her from behind and stole her purse. Police said the thief escaped with cash and property valued at nearly $150.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- Several pieces of jewelry were stolen yesterday from the bedroom of a home in the 500 block of Wingate Road after someone gained entry to the house with a key. Police said the jewelry was valued at less than $100 and that the victim suspects the property was taken by two people she knows who had access to the house.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- Someone broke into a house in the 4700 block of York Road yesterday and stole property valued at nearly $600. Police said entry was gained by breaking a pane of glass out of the front door and that a VCR and a computer game were stolen. In the same block, police said, someone broke into an apartment yesterday afternoon and stole several pieces of property. Police said entry was gained by breaking a pane of glass in the front door and then reaching inside and unlocking the door.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- A TV and VCR were reported stolen yesterday after someone broke into a dwelling in the 3700 block of Keswick Road. Police said entry was gained by removing a pane of glass from the front door and that the property was valued at more than $700.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- A safe containing jewelry was stolen yesterday after someone broke into a house in the 3500 block of Cottage Ave. Police said entry was gained by forcing the rear door and that the safe contained jewelry and other property valued at more than $3,000.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 1100 block of Fillmore St. reported property valued at $900 was stolen from her home yesterday by someone who gained entry by forcing the front door. Police said the thief escaped with two VCRs and a computer game.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A woman who was walking in the 1300 block of Bloomingdale Road yesterday was stopped by a man with a handgun who robbed her of $100.

BURGLARY/ASSAULT: Southwestern District -- A resident of the 100 block of N. Hilton St. escaped being stabbed yesterday when he jumped from a second-floor window at his home while being pursued by a burglar. Police said someone broke into the victim's home early yesterday and began chasing him around a room while brandishing a knife. Police said the victim was unable to reach a door, so he jumped out the window to the ground below. The intruder ran out a door and escaped. Police said the occupant was slightly injured.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A woman was robbed of her money yesterday by a man who accosted her as she walked in the 2900 block of Belmont Ave. and threatened her. The victim gave the man nearly $175.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A man who was walking in the 2100 block of Windsor Gardens Road early yesterday was stopped by two women, one with a handgun, who robbed him of nearly $80.

BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- Property valued at nearly $300 was stolen from a dwelling in the 3800 block of Rokeby Road after someone got in by forcing the front window. Police said the intruder escaped with a VCR and a telephone.

ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A woman getting off a bus in the 4200 block of Frederick Road yesterday was stopped by a man with a handgun, who robbed her of cash and property, all valued at more than $200, and escaped on foot.

Baltimore County

BANK ROBBERY: Towson District -- Two men robbed the Signet Bank of Maryland in the 900 block of Fairmount Ave. yesterday of an undisclosed sum. Police said the men entered the bank around 10:30 a.m. and ordered at least one teller to give them money while implying they had handguns. After they were given money, the men ran out the front door and were seen driving off on Fairmount Avenue.

BURGLARY TRY: Cockeysville District -- Police responding to a burglar alarm at the Jiffy Lube in the 10500 block of York Road near Warren Road early yesterday found a rear bay window had been broken but no one was inside the business. Police said a search of the building also revealed that no property had been taken. They said the alarm apparently scared off the intruder, who caused nearly $200 in damage breaking into the building.

Anne Arundel County

ROBBERY: Glen Burnie -- Police were continuing to search for a gunman who robbed a restaurant Monday of an undisclosed sum. Police said a man entered Chuck-E-Cheese's restaurant in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway shortly before 10 a.m. Monday and ordered several employees to lie on the kitchen floor. The man then ordered the manager to the office and forced him to remove money from the safe, ran out the front door and escaped.

BURGLARY: Brooklyn Park -- A resident of the 8100 block of Fort Smallwood Road reported that someone broke into his home and stole more than $100. Police said entry was gained by knocking a hole in an exterior wall.

Carroll County

DRUG ARREST: Westminster -- Following a traffic stop for a minor moving violation Tuesday morning, a city police officer charged the driver with possession of marijuana. Police said Officer Scott Michael was patrolling an area near Distillery Drive around 10 a.m. when he stopped a 1972 Ford sedan for a traffic violation. Police said that when the officer approached the car, he noticed the driver acting as though he was trying to hide something. Outside the car, Officer Michael searched the driver, later identified as William Scott Bircher, 28, of Westminster, and found a pipe containing marijuana residue and a 35mm film canister filled with marijuana in a jacket pocket. Police said Mr. Bircher later appeared before a District Court commissioner, who released him on his own recognizance. Police said a passenger in the car was not arrested.

Howard County

BURGLARY: Ellicott City -- Someone broke into a construction trailer parked in the 10200 block of Castle Hill Court and stole a telephone answering machine and an adding machine. Police said the value of the property was not immediately known.

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