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ROBBERY/BEATING: Western District -- An off-duty city firefighter was beaten Tuesday afternoon outside his home after confronting two men he had argued with a few days earlier. Police said the incident began at 4 p.m. when Joseph Buster, 43, a firefighter with Engine Company 13 in the 400 block of McMechen St., heard the front window shatter at his house on the 1700 block of Druid Hill Ave. He saw two men outside whom he had argued with earlier after they allegedly opened a fire hydrant without authorization. Mr. Buster confronted them outside and struck one with a baseball bat, police said. But the two men, armed with a stick, a length of pipe and a golf club, knocked him down and hit him several times before fleeing. Mr. Buster was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center for an injured right eye, bruises and swelling. A hospital spokeswoman said Mr. Buster also was given a CAT-scan, which showed no any serious head or eye injuries. He was released yesterday, nearly 12 hours after the incident and sent home pending his return to duty. Police said that anyone with information about the two attackers is urged to call Central District police at 396-2411 or the Fire Department at 396-5689.

ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- A man armed with a handgun robbed a food store and a customer who entered the store during the robbery last night. Police said a man wearing a dark sweat suit and armed with a handgun entered the Corner Food Market in the 2000 block of Gough St. around 8 p.m. and ordered an employee to give him the contents of the cash register. After taking the money, the gunman turned toward a 23-year-old customer who entered and demanded his money. Police said the gunman fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

THEFT: Southeastern District -- A 27-year-old resident of the 200 block of S. Eaton St. reported that while her car was parked in the 200 block of S. Grundy St. between Monday night and Tuesday morning someone broke a window and stole a metal box containing more than $70 worth of hand tools. Police said value of the tool box and tools was $150.

ROBBERY: Southeastern District -- A resident of the 200 block of N. Rose St. reported he was walking in the 2000 block of Eastern Ave. over the weekend when he was attacked by four men who struck him with their fists before robbing him of his money. Police said the victim was taken to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where he was treated for multiple injuries and released. Police said a woman was with the men during the attack but that it was not known if she participated in the beating and robbery of the victim.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- Police reported that someone broke into a dwelling in the 6100 block of Marylane Drive and stole a VCR and several pieces of computer equipment. Police said the property was valued at more than $5,000. Entry was gained by forcing the front door.

BURGLARY: Northern District -- A resident of the 4400 block of Newport Ave. reported that someone broke into his home yesterday evening through the kitchen window and stole 50 compact discs. Police said the property was valued at more than $700.

THEFT: Northern District -- A Baltimore County man reported that someone entered a house he owns in the 3100 block of Crittenton Place and stole a .357 Magnum handgun from a basement storage area. Police said the weapon was valued at $500. A previous tenant is suspected of the theft.

ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police reported that a resident of the 700 block of Cator Ave. was walking in the 3600 block of Greenmount Ave. around 11 a.m. yesterday when he was stopped by four men, one armed with a semi-automatic handgun, who robbed him of cash and property, all valued at about $300.

THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of the 300 block of W. 31st St. told police that a man he knows entered his home and stole $300 and a large-caliber handgun. Police said the theft occurred sometime during a period of several days and the occupant was expected to seek a warrant for the man's arrest.

ROBBERY: Western District -- Police said a man was robbed of his money late last night as he walked in the 1800 block of W. Fayette St. Police said the victim, a resident of the 2700 block of Reisterstown Road, reported he was walking alone at 11 p.m. when he was assaulted by a man who knocked him to the pavement and robbed him of $20.

BURGLARY/ARRESTS: Western District -- Employees of Imogene's Liquors in the 1800 block of W. Fayette St. reported that someone broke into their building early yesterday morning and stole property valued at more than $1,400. Later, police investigating the break-in arrested three suspects and were holding them at the station pending burglary charges.

ROBBERY: Western District -- Police said a woman resident of the 900 block of N. Arlington Ave. was walking in the 900 block of N. Carey St. early yesterday morning when she was approached from the rear by a man who stole the purse she was carrying. Police said the man escaped with cash and personal property, all valued at $50.

BURGLARY/ARREST: Western District -- Police reported that someone broke into a house in the 2300 block of W. North Ave. between Tuesday night and yesterday morning and stole a TV set, camera, electric shaver and an electric heater. Police said the property was valued at more than $1,000. Police received information about a suspect in the case and arrested him. Police said the man was being held at the station pending burglary charges.

Baltimore County

ROBBERY: Wilkens District -- Police reported a man armed with a handgun entered the Dunkin Donut shop in the 500 block of Frederick Ave. in Catonsville shortly after 11:30 p.m. yesterday and ordered an employee to give up the contents of the cash register. Police said the gunman, a black male in his mid-20s wearing a blue jacket and a baseball cap, escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anne Arundel County

ROBBERY: Maryland City -- The owner of a scrap metal company reported he was robbed yesterday evening by a man armed with a handgun who accosted him as he unloaded debris in the rear of a county park off Whiskey Bottom Road. Scott Daniel Wilson, 38, of the 9000 block of Washington St., told police he was unloading scrap metal around 10 p.m. yesterday when he was approached by a man wearing all black who stopped and asked how he was doing. Mr. Wilson told police the man then pulled out a small caliber handgun and demanded his money. Police said that after the victim turned over an undisclosed sum of cash, the gunman ordered him to lie on the front seat of his truck. Before he fled, police said the gunman fired a shot in the air as a warning for the victim not to follow him.

Carroll County

SCAM WARNING: Westminster -- The State Police are warning residents that a nationwide scam involving teen-agers selling subscriptions to magazines door-to-door and in malls has entered the county. Police said youths, possibly runaways, have been selling the reading materials in other states and they reportedly threaten to break into the homes or damage the vehicles of anyone refusing to buy the magazines. Police said anyone coming into contact with the scam should call the Westminster Barracks at 876-2101.

BURGLARY: Mount Airy -- Police reported that someone broke BTC into the Domino's pizza shop on Ridgeside Drive last week and stole a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash.

BURGLARY: Westminster -- A resident of Grand Valley Road reported that someone forcibly entered his home last week and stole several pieces of property. Police said the intruder entered by forcing a door and stole a fishing rod, stereo equipment, an outboard boat motor, archery equipment, cash, a TV and a VCR. Police said the value of the property was unknown.

Howard County

ASSAULT & ROBBERY: Savage -- Police said a Prince George's County man was robbed of his money over the weekend by two men who gave him a ride to the Storch Woods Apartments in the 8800 block of Howard Lane. The 36-year-old victim told police that after arriving at his destination, the men struck him with their fists and robbed him of $300. After being forced out of the car, the man ran to a nearby house and called police. Officers said the man was treated at the scene for minor facial injuries by an ambulance crew and released. He told police that he didn't recognize his attackers, who drove off in a beige Pontiac Grand Prix.

ROBBERY: Columbia -- An employee of a company in the 6400 block of Dobbin Road reported she was robbed over the weekend by two men, one armed with a handgun, who accosted her outside when she reported to work. The victim, an employee of Kirby Advanced Vacuums of Maryland, told police she parked outside the company Saturday morning and was getting out of her car when a man exited a black Pontiac that stopped near her. The woman said the man demanded the bank bag she was carrying and then fired two shots in the air as a warning. After taking the money bag, the gunman got into the Pontiac, which was occupied by another man, and drove off. Police said the car, which was reported stolen in Baltimore County, was later found abandoned on Md. 175 near Dobbin Road. Police said the woman was not injured.

BURGLARY: Columbia -- Police said property valued at several hundred dollars was stolen from a dwelling in the 8800 block of Tamar Drive over the weekend after someone gained entry by breaking a window. Police said the intruder escaped with a typewriter, VCR and a TV set.

BURGLARY: Columbia -- Employees of Land Design Research in the 9100 block of Guilford Road reported that someone broke into their building over the weekend and stole a computer, a computer printer and a microwave oven. Police said the value of the property was not known. Entry was gained by breaking a window.

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