An elderly couple arrived at their home in the 500 block of Hampton Lane in Hampton Village last night and surprised a burglar who tied them up, put them in a closet and continued looting the house.
Baltimore County police said the couple, Harold Burns, 83, and his companion, Ruth Kammer, 76, were not injured.
Police said Mr. Burns and Ms. Kammer arrived at their home, off Dulaney Valley Road just north of the Beltway, at 9:45 p.m. and opened the front door. They were confronted by a man who had broken in through a side bedroom window.
"Don't be afraid," he said. "I'm not going to hurt you."
The burglar tied the man and woman together with a pair of
suspenders and put them inside the closet.
The man ransacked several rooms, taking cash, a gold watch and jewelry. The loss was estimated at about $2,200. Police said the man fled in a car.
The couple got free and called police.
The burglar was described as being black, in his 30s, 5 feet 10, slender build with a thin mustache.
The couple told police he was polite and did not display a weapon.
Investigators said the burglary was similar to two other break-ins the area in the past several days.