Thieves target unlocked vehicles
Hampstead, Carroll County, Maryland, September 24, 2012 —- As Hampstead residents slept early Sunday morning, thieves moved through the Northbrook neighborhood, entering more than 50 unlocked cars parked in driveways along Broadmoor and Glenside Court, Woldholme, Allview and Schaefer Drives. Thieves removed more than $1300 portable electronics, change, jewelry and other valuables from unlocked vehicles.
Before leaving undetected, the group slashed a car tire, a convertible jeep top and pushed several vehicles from their driveway, one of which traveled across the street where it struck a tree. Preliminary damage estimates exceed $6000. Sheriff’s Deputies and Crime Scene Technicians worked late into the evening Sunday collecting information from crime victims and processing the vandalized vehicles for fingerprint and DNA evidence.
Residents are urged to roll-up car windows, lock car doors and remove valuables from site when leaving their vehicle unattended. Also, residents are asked to report unfamiliar vehicles and persons roaming neighborhoods and parking lots during the late evening and early morning hours. The Sheriff’s Office investigation continues… Anyone with information about these incidents, or whom did not make a report to police is asked to contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-2900, or the toll free anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).