ROBBERY: Central District -- A resident of the 400 block of E. Lafayette Ave. was walking in the 1700 block of Guilford Ave. when she was stopped by a man who asked her for money. Before the woman could reply, the man grabbed her purse and ran. The woman told police the purse contained a small sum of money and personal property.
ROBBERY: Central District -- A man and a woman were walking in the 1800 block of N. Charles St. around midnight Tuesday when a man approached from the rear and stole the woman's purse. Police said her escort chased the thief for several blocks but was unable to catch him. The woman told police her purse contained cash and property, all valued at less than $25. No injuries were reported.
ARSON: Southern District -- Someone set fire to two vacant rowhouses in the 1500 block of Olive St. last night. The houses also were set afire early Monday after someone ignited furniture that had been placed on the street after the occupants were evicted. Yesterday's fire was reported at 11:28 p.m. and was declared under control in less than 20 minutes. As in the earlier fire, no injuries were reported.
ASSAULT: Northwestern District -- Police today were seeking a man who poured rubbing alcohol on a woman early yesterday and then attempted to set her ablaze. Police said the woman, a resident of the 3800 block of Fairview Ave., was in the 3700 block of Fairview Ave. shortly before 2 a.m. and was arguing with a man when he poured the flammable liquid on her. Police said the man then struck a match and was about to ignite the alcohol when the woman fled. Police said the woman was not injured.
ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A resident of the 3500 block of Oakmont Ave. reported she was in the 3600 block of Oakmont Ave. shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday when she was assaulted by a man who reached into her pants pockets and stole $70.
ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A resident of the 1100 block of Nanticoke St. in South Baltimore was walking in the 5300 block of Park Heights Ave. about midnight yesterday when a man approached from the rear and stole her purse. Police said the purse contained cash and property, all valued at nearly $50.
BURGLARY: Northwestern District -- A resident of the 3700 block of Glen Ave. reported that someone broke into his garage and stole several tires and at least two bicycles. Police said the property was valued at $300.
ROBBERY: Northwestern District -- A woman was robbed of her jewelry yesterday morning when a man stopped to talk to her in the 3300 block of Oakford Ave. The victim, a resident of the 4100 block of Labyrinth Road, reported she was out for a walk about 11 a.m. when she was approached by a man who began talking to her. Moments later, police said, the man snatched several pieces of jewelry the woman was wearing and fled. The victim told police the jewelry was valued at $200.
THEFT: Northwestern District -- Officials of the city Department of Recreations and Parks said someone broke into one of their buildings in the 4100 block of Callaway Ave. between July 24 and yesterday and stole public address equipment and a stereo turntable. Police said the property was kept in a locked closet and that there were no signs of forced entry. The value of the property was not known.
BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- A resident of the 4700 block of Sayer Ave. reported that someone entered his home through an unlocked screen door and stole property valued at $400. The occupant told police the intruder escaped with a purse containing cash, jewelry and personal identification.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A man armed with a handgun accosted a resident of the 1400 block of N. Ellamont St. as he walked in the 3200 block of Baker St. and demanded his money. Police said the gunman fled with cash and property, all valued at $100.
BURGLARY: Northeastern District -- Employees of a store in the 4500 block of Erdman Ave. reported that someone broke into the building early Tuesday morning and stole property valued at nearly $200. Police said entry into store, called Ye One-Eyed Snake, was through a front window. The intruder escaped with a gym bag, jacket, T-shirts and jewelry.
THEFT: Northeastern District -- A resident of the 4700 block of Shamrock Ave. reported that someone entered the back yard of his home and stole four lawn chairs. Police said the furniture was valued at more than $100.
ROBBERY: Northern District -- Police reported a resident of the 3400 block of Elmora Ave. was walking in the 2500 block of Greenmount Ave. about 2 a.m. yesterday when he was attacked by two men who robbed him of more than a dozen keys after he was sprayed in the face with a chemical irritant.
BURGLARY: Northern District -- An employee of Harry Little's Sub Shop in the 500 block of E. 25th St. reported that someone broke into the building between Tuesday night and yesterday morning through a second-floor window and stole less than $10.
THEFT/ARREST: Northern District -- Police yesterday afternoon arrested a man and were holding him at the station pending charges of theft. Police said a resident of the 600 block of Hollen Road in Mount Washington was walking near her home when a man stole her purse. A short time later, police arrested a suspect. It was not known if the woman's purse was recovered.
THEFT: Northern District -- A resident of the 700 block of W. University Parkway reported that while his Alfa Romeo was parked near his home yesterday someone broke into the vehicle and stole a radio and several coins. Police said the property was valued at more than $300.
ROBBERY: Western District -- A man who may have been armed with a handgun accosted a resident of the 2500 block of Edgecombe Circle North as she walked in the 1600 block of N. Monroe St. and robbed her of a small sum of cash. The woman told police the man approached her from the rear around 11 p.m. Tuesday and pressed a paper bag containing a hard object against her neck. Fearing the bag contained a handgun, the woman gave up $7 to the man.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police today were seeking two men, one armed with a metal pipe, who assaulted a resident of the 700 block of Lennox St. while he walked in the 1400 block of Edmondson Ave. and robbed him of $30. Police said the suspects were identified as "Henry" and "Tony."
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police said two men on bicycles rode up to a man in the 2200 of Brunt St. early yesterday and robbed him of a money order for more than $100. The victim, a resident of the 2400 block of Woodbrook Ave., told police one of the men was armed with a handgun and threatened to shoot him if he didn't cooperate.
ROBBERY: Western District -- An employee of a firm that repossesses property reported he was in the 2600 block of Edmondson Ave. about 5 a.m. yesterday when he was accosted by two men, one armed with a handgun, who robbed him of more than $60 after striking him with their fists and kicking him. Police said the victim sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment by the crew of a Fire Department ambulance.
ROBBERY: Western District -- Police reported a man armed with a handgun stopped a woman as she walked in the 1300 block of N. Monroe St. about 11 a.m. yesterday and robbed her of her money. The victim, a resident of the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Ave., told police she gave up more than $120 to the gunman before he fled.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- An attendant at the Crown service station in the 3200 block of Washington Blvd. reported he was in the station office about 3 a.m. yesterday when a man entered and placed a hard object in his back. The attendant told police the man then demanded his money. Police said the attendant gave more than $100 to the gunman, who fled on foot.
BURGLARY: Southwestern District -- An official of United Parcel Service in the 1500 block of Joh Ave. told police someone broke into the UPS building after breaking a glass door and stole a TV set and a VCR. Police said the value of the property was not known.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A resident of the 2700 block of Mosher St. was walking along Interstate 70 near the county line early yesterday when he was stopped by a man who robbed him of more than $200 while threatening him with an unidentifiable weapon.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A man armed with a handgun robbed a resident of the 4900 block of Litchfield Ave. of the car he was working on. The victim told police he was working on a friend's car about 3 a.m. yesterday in the 2200 block of Chelsea Terrace when a man carrying a gun approached and ordered him to give him the keys to the car. Police said the gunman got into the 1987 Toyota and drove off.
ROBBERY: Southwestern District -- A resident of the first block of N. Catherine St. reported he was walking in the 300 block of S. Catherine St. about 1 p.m. yesterday when he was accosted by a man armed with a metal pipe who struck him and demanded his money. Police said the armed man escaped with more than $200.
ROBBERY: Garrison District -- Two men, one armed with a handgun, entered the Burger King fast-food outlet in the 8000 block of Liberty Road last night and forced an employee to give them an undisclosed sum of money from the cash register. Before leaving, the armed man and his accomplice forced several employees into a walk-in freezer. A short time later, the employees left the freezer and called the police.
ROBBERY: Wilkens District -- A man was robbed of an undisclosed sum of money about 8 p.m. yesterday while he was about to make a night deposit at a bank in the 5200 block Baltimore National Pike. Police said the victim was approaching the bank when a man armed with what appeared to be a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun approached and ordered him to give up the bank deposit bag. The gunman was last seen running toward Westview Mall. Police said the victim went to a nearby fast-food outlet and reported the robbery.
Anne Arundel County
ROBBERY: Glen Burnie -- A 64-year-old Dundalk woman told police she and her grandson were walking in the 1500 block of Ingalls Road about 3 a.m. yesterday when a teen-ager stopped her and asked for directions. Before the woman could reply, police said, the youth grabbed an envelope the woman was carrying that contained cash. The youth fled east on Houghton Road. Police said neither the woman nor the child was injured.
ROBBERY TRY: Pasadena -- Police today were seeking a white male wearing a multicolored shirt and blue jeans who attempted to rob a convenience store in the 2500 block of Mountain Road last night. Police said an employee of the Royal Farm Store was placing money into a drop safe behind the counter about 10:20 p.m. when a man armed with a handgun approached her from behind and demanded the money. Instead of complying with the gunman's order, police said, the employee dropped the money in the safe and locked it. Unable to retrieve the money, the gunman fled. Police said ground units, including at least one K-9 unit, searched the area but failed to find the gunman.
THEFT: Brooklyn Park -- A resident of the 1000 block of High Country Road reported that someone broke into his home over the weekend and stole garden equipment valued at $500.