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Burglary suspect identified, but he eludes police


The cat burglar who police believe is responsible for breaking into at least a dozen homes since June in the Hillendale and Overlea areas and stealing $20,000 in property is still eluding police, despite patrols and undercover officers.

Last month, detectives used evidence taken from the homes and pawn shop records to name as a suspect Anthony R. Westmoreland, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Taylor Ave. in Parkville, according to police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Westmoreland has been charged on warrants with breaking into 11 homes. He is described as 32 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 140 pounds.

Police believe the same burglar preying on the Hillendale area could be responsible for as many as 60 burglaries in the county, Toohey said.

The burglar is called a cat burglar because he typically breaks into homes at night through unlocked or open windows, Toohey said.

Typically, detectives say, the burglar steals cash, jewelry, videocassette recorders, televisions or stereo equipment. In the past month, he started to break into homes during the day by smashing through glass windows and doors, Toohey said.

The burglar carries the stolen property in a bag and usually travels in a stolen car, detectives have said.

Anyone with information should call Baltimore County police at 887-2198.

Pub Date: 12/13/96

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