Police investigate burglary of former mayor Dixon's home

The last time an XBox video game system was taken from former Mayor Sheila Dixon's home, it was by state prosecutors armed with a search warrant as part of an embezzlement investigation.

Sometime this week, an XBox was taken again – this time in what police say was a burglary, and the latest in a string of break-ins in the Southwest Baltimore neighborhood.

Dixon called police Monday morning to report the burglary at her home in the 600 block of Winans Way. According to a police report, someone broke in through a kitchen window and "ransacked" two second-floor bedrooms.

The former mayor and mother of two said she was trying to account for which possessions might have been taken, but said XBox and Wii game systems and an undisclosed amount of jewelry were gone, the report shows.

Dixon said in an interview that there have been a series of break-ins in her Hunting Ridge neighborhood over the past six months. She said her next door neighbor, as well as state Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, have had their homes burglarized.

"Everybody's kind of frustrated that things have happened like this," Dixon said. "Our neighborhood is very diligent in our crime watch [efforts]."

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives have recovered "physical evidence" from the crime scene and are looking at "people of interest."

"There have been three burglaries in that neighborhood in the past 60 days, and we are looking at some people that have been associated with other crimes in the neighborhood," Guglielmi said.

The break-in at Dixon's home occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, while she was away, according to the police report. Dixon's home has a security system, though it was not armed at the time.

Last year, the city reclaimed a security camera system installed at Dixon's home when she was mayor but which had been left there after she stepped down following her 2009 conviction for taking gift cards intended for the poor.

After her conviction, the prosecutors auctioned off the seized XBox system along with fur coats and a camcorder.

Dixon said her home has been broken into once before, early in her tenure on the City Council. For years, while Dixon was city council president and then mayor, police posted a cruiser outside her home, a practice that ceased after she left office. But she didn't chalk up the recent crimes to the absence of that visible law enforcement presence.

"It's not a good feeling, somebody invading your privacy and coming through your house like that," she said. The incident "has brought attention, but there are a lot of frustrated people in my neighborhood."



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