Three teenagers who were arrested fleeing the scene of a break-in Monday might be responsible for a weekend wave of robberies and other incidents across North Baltimore, police said.
Residents recounted a series of gunpoint robberies and home break-ins Friday, as well as additional reports of robberies Sunday night.
On Monday, residents told The Baltimore Sun that teens had kicked in the door of a home in the 2000 block of Girard Ave. in Woodberry that morning. They said police responding to a neighbor's 911 call chased and caught three suspects.
In an email to residents, district commander Maj. Kimberly Burrus confirmed the account and said police believe the suspects are responsible for the string of incidents Sunday and are "possibly the same suspects" in the Friday crimes.
The robberies appear to have followed a cycle reported by police in previous incidents, in which robbers stole a vehicle, used it to commit robberies, then dumped it. Police have said vans are being targeted for theft because they can hold large items, such as big-screen televisions.
According to Burrus, a red 2007 Chevy minivan was stolen by four juveniles Friday around 3:30 p.m. from the 5200 block of Park Heights Ave., near Pimlico Race Track.
Later in the day, Burrus said four people reported being robbed at gunpoint by a group of juveniles driving a red minivan in two separate incidents: in the 2000 block of Druid Park Drive in Woodberry and the 3100 block of Swann Drive in Druid Hill Park.
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At about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, police recovered the stolen red minivan in the 3200 block of Lyndhurst Ave. in West Forest Park, Burrus said.
Five more armed robberies were reported that night, in which the suspects were traveling in a white vehicle — in the 2000 block of Clipper Park Road in Woodberry, the 4500 block of Schenley Road in Roland Park and the 5700 block of Lochlea Road, the 5500 block of Cross Country Blvd., and the 2400 block of Everton Road in Mount Washington.
In the last incident, a woman said her Toyota Solara was taken. She described the robbery on a neighborhood listserv. Police found the Solara in the 4800 block of Nelson Ave. that night, the victim said, after her family used a "find my phone" app. She said several purses belonging to other people were found in the vehicle.
Burrus said the suspects caught after the Girard Avenue break-in were males ages 14, 15, and 18. The 18-year-old was identified as Eric Wilson Cason of the 2100 block of Belair Road, and he was being held on $500,000 bond, according to court records. No attorney was listed.
The juvenile suspects were not identified.
Burrus said that other incidents, including a break-in reported in the 1400 block of W. 41st St. on Friday in which the victim told The Sun that a group of youths tried to load her flat-screen TV into a red vehicle, were being investigated to see whether they are connected.