* Sykesville: A resident of the 4800 block of Arthur Shipley Road told state police someone forced open the front door of his home between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and stole two rifles and a shotgun. The intruder also took two rings. The loss is estimated at $900.
* Marriottsville: Someone kicked in a basement door and ransacked a home in the 800 block of Marriottsville Road Dec. 4 or Sunday. Howard County police said nothing was taken.
* Sykesville: Engines from the Sykesville company responded to the Glennwood Middle School in Howard County for a report of smoke in the building at 11 p.m. Wednesday. They were out for 27 minutes.