Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RFCOP Crime Report - July 1st - 20th

B.C.P.D. Precinct # 6 - Crime Blotter July 1-20, 2014
This is a summary of recent significant police news in your community. For police news from across the entire county, visit our news archive
July 20: Robbery, 1700 block of East Joppa Road 21234 - The victim stated that sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m., he was involved in a fight inside of Casey's Pub. During the fight, he was dragged out of the bar and struck by several people. Sometime during the fight, someone took his phone. The victim made this report from a local hospital.
July 14: Second Degree Burglary, 2600 block of Loch Raven Boulevard 21286 - At 1:40 a.m., an unknown suspect gained entry to Babcock Presbyterian Church by shattering the front window. It is unknown if anything was taken.
July 13: Robbery, Unit block of Solar Circle 21234 - At 10:30 p.m., the victim was making a pizza delivery in the area when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect held a knife to his face and demanded money and food. The suspect took cash, a pizza, and the victim's cell phone before fleeing the scene with a second person.
July 9 to July 10: Second Degree Burglary, 1800 Block of Glen Keith Boulevard 21234 - Sometime between 9 p.m. on July 9 and 6 a.m. on July 10, unknown suspects entered Loch Raven Elementary School by unknown means. A fire extinguisher was discharged onto the basement floor and walls. Taken from the school were eight pairs of boxing gloves.
July 9: Attempted Burglary, Unit Block of Solar Circle 21234 - At 3 p.m., an unknown suspect removed the center portion of a door knob and attempted to pry open the door, but was not successful.
July 8 to July 9: Second Degree Burglary, 8200 Block of Jeffers Circle 21204 - Sometime between 11:45 p.m. on July 8 and 7 a.m. on July 9, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked shed and removed portable power tools.
July 8 to July 16: Second Degree Burglary, 1900 block of Edgewood Road 21234 - Sometime between 4 p.m. on July 8 and 4:20 p.m. on July 16, an unknown suspect removed a lawn mower and leaf blower from a shed.
July 7: Armed Robbery, 1800 Block of Taylor Avenue 21286 - At 1:09 a.m., the suspect entered Finksburg Liquors with a handgun. The suspect took the clerk's cell phone that was on the counter when the clerk ran from the store.
July 6: Armed Robbery, 1500 Block of East Joppa Road 21286 - At 9:30 p.m., the suspect approached the counter at the Royal Farms store, displayed a gun, and announced a robbery. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store followed by another suspect.
July 6: Second Degree Burglary, 200 Block of East Joppa Road 21286 - Sometime between 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m., an unknown suspect entered a condominium and took a TV and home theater system.
July 4 to July 7: Second Degree Burglary, 600 Block of Bosley Avenue 21286 - Sometime between 11 p.m. on July 4 and 9 a.m. on July 7, an unknown suspect gained entry to the location by breaking a rear window. A small television was taken.
July 4: Robbery, 8400 Block of Oakleigh Road 21234 - At 4 p.m., the suspects entered a home, pointed a gun at the victim, and took marijuana.
July 3: First Degree Burglary, 500 Block of Virginia Avenue 21286 - Sometime between 6 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a home through an unlocked front door. Envelopes containing money were taken from the location.
July 2: Armed Robbery, 800 Block of Taylor Avenue 21239 - At 10:30 p.m., the suspects entered the Liquor Mart store, pointed a handgun at the clerks, and demanded money. The suspects took a bottle of Remy Martin, cigarettes, and an undisclosed amount of money.
July 1: Armed Robbery, 1200 Block of Putty Hill Avenue 21286  - At 10:12 p.m., two suspects approached an employee at the Target store and asked for all of the Galaxy S3 cell phones. When the employee told the suspects that only two were allowed per customer, the suspects announced a robbery. One of  the suspects implied that he had a weapon. The suspects took three cell phones and an undisclosed amount of money.
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2.00 Miles around 222 Dumbarton Road – Week of July 1-20, 2014
Case #                  Crime                                               Date     Time                     Address
141831164          Theft- Bike                                        7/2         3:43 pm               68xx York Road
141900718          Identity Theft                                   7/9         11:28 am             XX Dunkirk Road
141930878          Destruction of Property                 7/12       1:42 pm               2xx Tyrone Road N
141961197          Theft-Other                                      7/15       5:28 pm               1xx Dumbarton Road
141961370          Identity Theft                                   7/15       7:00 pm               4xx Overbrook Road
141981152          Identity Theft                                   7/17       4:10 pm               71xx York Road
142001105          2nd Degree Assault                           7/19       4:08 pm               72xx York Road
140210484          Theft from Motor Vehicle             7/20       9:39 am               xx Dunkirk Road
Identity Theft has been on the rise again in the Forge and surrounding areas:
Below is helpful information from the B.C.P.D. website to assistance everyone on preventive measures.  Following is steps to take if you do become a victim of Identity Theft.  Please read and save for your reference in case the inevitable should happen to you or someone you know.

Identity Theft: Preventive Actions and Services

Preventive Actions

  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox after delivery.
  • Do not leave outgoing mail in unsecured mail receptacles. Deposit it in post office collection mailboxes or at your local post office.
  • Never give personal information over the telephone, such as your social security number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, credit card number, or PIN code, unless you initiated the phone call. Protect this information and release it only when absolutely necessary.
  • Shred preapproved credit applications, credit card receipts, bills and other financial information you don't want before discarding them in the trash or recycling bin.
  • Empty your wallet of extra cards and IDs, or better yet, cancel the ones you do not use and maintain a list of the ones you do.
  • Order your credit report from the three credit bureaus once a year to check for fraudulent activity or other discrepancies. (Maryland Law allows you to get one free copy a year from each credit bureau).
  • Never leave receipts at bank machines, bank counters, trash receptacles, or unattended gasoline pumps. Keep track of all your paperwork. When you no longer need it, destroy it.
  • Memorize your social security number and all of your passwords. Do not record them on any cards or on anything in your wallet or purse.
  • Sign all credit cards upon receipt.
  • Save all credit card receipts and match them against your monthly bills.
  • Be conscious of normal receipt of routine financial statements. Contact the sender if they are not received in the mail.
  • Notify your credit card companies and financial institutions in advance of any change of address or phone number.
  • Never loan your credit cards to anyone else.
  • Never put your credit card or any other financial account number on a post card or on the outside of an envelope.
  • If you applied for a new credit card and it hasn't arrived in a timely manner, call the bank or credit card company involved.
  • Report all lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
  • Closely monitor expiration dates on your credit cards. Contact the credit card issuer if replacement cards are not received prior to the expiration date.
  • Beware of mail or telephone solicitations disguised as promotions offering instant prizes or awards designed solely to obtain your personal information or credit card numbers.
  • Balance your checkbook on a monthly basis for possible fraudulent charges on your debit card number. The bank limits the time period in which complaints can be filed and you can be reimbursed for fraudulent charges

Internet and Online Services

  • Use caution when disclosing checking account numbers, credit card numbers or other personal financial data at any web site or online service location unless you receive a secured authentication key from your provider.
  • When you subscribe to an online service, you may be asked to give credit card information. When you enter any interactive service site, beware of con-artists who may ask you to "confirm" your enrollment service by disclosing passwords or the credit card account number used to subscribe. Don't give them out!
  • If the crime occurred in our jurisdiction and there are workable leads, such as witnesses and suspect information, an investigator will be assigned to the case. Unfortunately, not all cases will be assigned to an investigator. 

What is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone's identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number and information enabling the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud which include, but are not limited to, taking over the victim's financial accounts, opening new bank accounts, purchasing automobiles, applying for loans, credit cards and social security benefits, renting apartments, and establishing services with utility and phone companies.
Learn how to protect yourself from Identity Theft (PDF), what to do if you become a victim and more.

Reporting Identity Theft

Call 911 or 410-887-2222
If you have purchased something over the Internet, haven't received it and feel that you are a victim of a theft and not just a business dispute, you must report this to the agency in which the suspect resides. You may also file a report to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. The IFCC is a clearinghouse for such crimes as fraud, computer intrusion/takeover and other crimes involving the use of a computer. Upon receipt of the complaint, they will forward a copy to the appropriate jurisdiction for review.

Informational Web Sites

Federal Trade Commission
Watch a video from the Federal Trade Commission on avoiding identity theft.
State of Maryland
Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
U.S. Government Accountability Office
U.S. Postal Service
International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators
Baltimore County Police Department
Economic Crimes Team

700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

Monday, July 21, 2014

RFC, Inc's Letter to TU Regarding Softball Fields

About a month ago, in conjunction with a team of residents in the Stanmore Rd corridor, RFC, Inc sent out a letter to TU leaders and local politicians letting them know that we opposed the current plan of the softball field renovations adjacent to those Stanmore Rd residents' homes.

Here's the text of that letter:

Dr. Maravene S. Loeschke
President, Towson University
Administration Building, Room 331
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Dr. Loeschke:    

     The Rodgers Forge community is extremely disappointed with Towson University’s decision not to move the proposed women’s softball facility to a location that would eliminate the negative effects of the field on our neighborhood. We believe this decision shows a lack of respect for your neighbors – namely our residents (especially children, who may be injured by large softballs flying into our neighborhood without warning) and our property (including the effects of night-time lighting).

     We acknowledge that TU has addressed some of our concerns. We further acknowledge your willingness to meet with us to discuss the ways in which we believe TU is not adhering to the existing Memorandum of Understanding. While these were positive steps, the university has not been responsive to our concerns and continues insist on developing property adjacent to our neighborhood, thereby increasing the likelihood of ongoing and future conflict.

     Relocating the facility to the interior of TU’s property would eliminate our objections to the new field. We have identified a reasonable and feasible alternative. At the same time, we believe that the university exaggerated the cost of relocating the field and included in this amount normal repair items. We are also disappointed that TU did not consider other means of funding (such as those used for the new arena and other campus projects) to accommodate our request.

     We understand that lights are part of an NCAA-compliant field and we would welcome them if they were located a sufficient distance from our residential neighborhood not to generate light pollution at our homes. We are disappointed that TU did not address this concern as the design moved from 60% to 90% complete this spring. The state legislature made funding available for three years to complete this project, acknowledging its complexity, and we contend that the fast pace of the project is entirely unnecessary, especially considering the community opposition.

      The Rodgers Forge community would be excited to support TU women’s softball program if doing so did not foist upon us these significant burdens. Because of these negative effects, the Rodgers Forge Community Association unequivocally opposes this project in its current form, and we will continue to oppose it by any available means.

     We respectfully call on TU to stop all planning and construction activities immediately and
postpone any further action on the existing field for one year, and slow down the project until
such time as we are able to find mutually agreeable solutions.

Stuart Sirota, President
Rodgers Forge Community Association

cc: Dr. William E. Kirwan, Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, University System of

Friday, July 18, 2014

Open Meeting - TU Softball Field and Rodgers Forge

Let your voice be heard
7 pm, Monday, July 21, 2014
Hospitality Room, 3rd Floor, SECU Arena

TU Softball Negotiation (?)

Rodgers Forge                        Towson University 
Move the Field                                  NO
Delay Construction 1 Year                NO
Guarantee No Lights Ever                 NO
Comply with 2009 MOU                  Let’s meet later

Monday, July 14, 2014

Towson U Testing External Voice Emergency System – TOMORROW - July 15th

Towson University’s Office of Public Safety will be conducting a test of the university's External Voice Emergency System on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 commencing at approximately 2 p.m. The test should last no more than a few minutes. Prior to the test, an initial announcement will come through the external system speakers followed by an alert tone/siren and a message indicating that the test is complete.

Members of the university and greater community should be aware THIS IS ONLY A TEST; NO ACTION IS REQUIRED.

Any individual who has a question about the test should contact Towson University’s Office of Public Safety’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety at 410-704-2949.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Save The Tree Rally - Dumbarton Middle Sunday 7/6!

Reposted from Nextdoor RF:
What: Community representatives will be on hand to answer questions and update residents on recent events. We'll also have BCPS drawings for the site and a map of trees approved for removal. Please email/text/call neighbors who may not be aware and spread the word. All are welcome. Several media outlets have committed to attending so we need another strong showing to keep pressure on school officials. 

Where: Outside the Dumbarton House directly behind the school

When Sunday 7/6 at 11:45am

RFCOP Crime Report - May 19th - June 30th

B.C.P.D. Precinct # 6 - Crime Blotter May 19-June 30, 2014
This is a summary of recent significant police news in your community. For police news from across the entire county, visit our news archive
At 4:10 a.m., the suspect entered the 7-Eleven store and pointed a handgun at the cashier.The suspect then demanded a pack of Newport cigarettes, cash, and the cashier's wallet.
At 2:15 a.m., the suspects approached the victim and asked him if he had anything in his pockets. When the victim stated "no", the suspects assaulted him. One suspect pointed a gun to the victim's head while another suspect started pushing pills down the victim's throat. The suspects then took the victim's cell phone and fled the scene.
At 3:08 a.m., the suspects pushed the victim down and took personal property from him.
Sometime between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., unknown suspects broke the glass to a rear kitchen window. Entry was not gained into the location.
At approximately 10:15 a.m., an unknown suspect kicked the front door. The door jamb was damaged but entry was not gained into the location.
Sometime between 4 and 5 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the back yard and removed a screen from a rear window. A window to the garage was also open. Nothing was taken from the location.
On Wednesday morning, detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department, accompanied by DEA agents, served a search and seizure warrant on a home in the 700 block of Walker Avenue 21212 in reference to a narcotics investigation.  During the service of the warrant, detectives discovered some chemicals that when mixed could be hazardous or used to make drugs. The Baltimore County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team was called in to check the chemicals.  There were two adult males and one adult female taken into custody. At this time, they have not been officially charged.
Sometime between 12:01 a.m. on June 25 and 7 a.m. June 26, unknown suspects entered a home and removed a TV.
At 11:20 a.m., the suspect entered the victim's home without permission and removed an X-Box 360 video game system, several video games, and a cell phone. The juvenile suspect was later located and charged. The cell phone was recovered.
At 4:45 a.m., the suspects entered the 7-Eleven store. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded that the register be opened. The suspects took cash from the register and fled the location.
At 4:44 a.m., the suspect entered the Ever Green gas station, pointed a gun at the cashier, and demanded money. The suspect took cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene.
Sometime between 9 p.m. on June 22 and 8:10 a.m. on June 23, an unknown suspect broke into a shed and stole several tools. Some of the tools were left in the yard.
Sometime between 11 p.m. on June 22 and 7:30 a.m. on June 23, unknown suspects removed three ATVs from a  locked storage trailer. Two of the ATVs were later recovered.
Sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., an unknown suspect removed molding from a shed door to gain entry. A bicycle was taken from the shed but later recovered in an alley close to the location.
At 3:15 a.m., the suspect entered the 7-Eleven store and demanded the clerk open the safe. The suspect fled the location on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
At 1:25 a.m., the victim was attacked by four to five suspects. They took his wallet and fled.
At 5:46 a.m., the suspect entered the Royal Farms store with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took an disclosed amount of money and fled the store.
At 5:09 p.m., the suspect kicked in a door and entered the common area of an apartment building. The suspect also attempted to enter the complainant's apartment. The suspect was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile.
Sometime between 4:30 and 11 p.m., an unknown suspect entered an unlocked home and removed medical supplies.
Sometime between 6:35 and 6:41 p.m., the suspect gained entry to an apartment by forcing a rear sliding door. The suspect encountered a resident and pushed her down. When police arrived, they located the suspect lying on the kitchen floor eating chips and drinking an iced tea. The suspect was taken into custody. The victim did not sustain any serious injuries.
At 4:42 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to an apartment in the 8400 block of Loch Raven Boulevard 21286 for a report of a shooting. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found an adult male suffering from a single gunshot wound to the lower body. Full story:http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/ManShotInsideofLochRavenApartment
At 3:01 a.m., two suspects armed with black revolvers entered the 7-Eleven store and stole cash. Both suspects then fled the store.
6:30 p.m., the suspect attacked the victim and stole his cell phone. The suspect fled the scene on foot.
Sometime between 11 a.m. on June 14 and 4:51 p.m. on June 16, an unknown suspect gained entry to a home by damaging a front window. Taken from the location was an iPad, two watches, a bracelet, and four pairs of shoes.
At 5:45 p.m., the suspect approached the victim, put a knife to her throat, and demanded her purse. The suspect fled without obtaining any property.
At 4:42 p.m., the suspects were on the victim’s porch attempting to remove a bicycle. The suspects were apprehended.
Sometime between 4 p.m. on June 11 and 8:45 a.m. on June 14, an unknown suspect entered the vacant residence and appeared to have slept in a bed and taken a shower. Beer cans and cigarette ashes were left behind.
Sometime between noon on June 11 and 5:43 a.m. on June 16, an unknown suspect gained access to an apartment and took 50 pairs of tennis shoes.
At 6:15 p.m., the suspect entered the sunroom through an open window and attempted to remove a bicycle. A passerby confronted the suspect. The suspect left the bicycle and fled on foot.
UPDATE (June 20):
The phone that the victim lost in this incident was recovered in a parking lot. Investigation has indicated that the phone was lost and not taken in a robbery.
Original release (June 10):
The victim stated that a suspect approached him and demanded money. During the incident, he dropped his phone and couldn't find it. The suspect did not get any money from the victim.
Sometime between 7 a.m. on June 9 and 11:30 a.m. on June 10, an unknown suspect entered the residence through a rear window. The suspect stole a television, computer, and other electronic equipment.
Sometime between 2 p.m. on June 8 and 7 p.m. on June 9, an unknown suspect removed a lawnmower from a small storage shed at Central Community Church.
Sometime between 8:30 p.m. on June 5 and 5 p.m. on June 14, an unknown suspect entered the unlocked detached garage and stole a television and tools.
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2.00 Miles around 222 Dumbarton Road – Week of June 9-30, 2014
Case #                  Crime                                               Date     Time                    Address
141611503          1st degree Burglary                          6/10       6:32 pm               3xx Stevenson Road
141621307          4th degree Burglary                         6/11       4:42 pm               73xx Yorktowne Drive
141631412          Theft-Other                                      6/12       6:37 pm               1xx Hearth Court
141641926          Credit Card Misuse                          6/13       9:31 pm               1xx Stanmore Road
141650471          1st degree Burglary                          6/14       9:24 am               1xx Brandon Road
141751375          2nd degree Assault                           6/24       5:39 pm               5xx Stevenson Road
Inside a three-story Victorian home in Towson, police said they found Baltimore County's first functional MDMA lab, producing a drug more commonly known as the trendy club drug "Molly." Neighbors said they were surprised when county police officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents rolled up to the house Wednesday morning and donned white hazmat suits before searching the home, just off York Road near the city line. Investigators found chemicals and glassware used to manufacture and sell MDMA, according to charging documents filed in District Court. The documents detail the beginnings of the Walker Avenue lab recently built in the home of Priscilla Sheldon-Cost, a former psychiatrist whose license was suspended in 2012 and who has a long history of addiction, records show.

141790394          Identity Theft                                   6/28       7:12 am               1xx Murdock Road


"Commerce Energy" scammers:
You might find the link below informative about this particular scam.  They apparently are working about our area.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

RFC Board Elections - Candidate Submission Deadline July 14th

The annual elections are coming up for the RFC, Inc Board of Governors at the September Annual Meeting of the Association. There are 11 seats up for election this year. In order to throw your name in to the hat, you must submit a letter notifying the election committee of your interest to run as well as a biographical questionnaire no later than July 14th, 2014. The applications must be mailed or hand delivered to:

ATTN: RFCA Nomination Committe, Paul T. Kastner
112 Dunkirk Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

 Further information as well as a blank copy of the questionnaire can be found in your June newsletter. If you did not receive one or have misplaced it, please follow the link below for a digital copy that you can download and print.

Click here to view the June Newsletter. See pages 6-8 for detailed info on the Board Elections