Howard County Police report an uptick in vehicle thefts and theft from vehicles in Howard County

Shared by Howard County Police Department on Facebook:

In the last week, there has been an uptick in vehicle thefts and theft from vehicles in Howard County. Police believe that the same group or groups of individuals commit these crimes, targeting different neighborhoods on different nights. We are actively following leads and investigating each report.

Additionally, patrol officers are making increased area checks of residential neighborhoods in the overnight hours.

You can make yourself less likely to be victimized. Here’s how:

• Always lock your vehicle. Yes, in some cases thieves break car windows. But often, they bypass locked vehicles.
• Do not leave keys or key fobs inside your vehicle. In many of the vehicle thefts reported, this has been the case.
• Do not leave valuables in plain sight, or in your car at all. Numerous wallets and purses have been stolen out of vehicles in the last week.
• Park inside your garage if you have one and close your garage doors. Thieves have entered open garages and stolen vehicles and items out of vehicles.

Additional security measures, such as VIN etching, vehicle security systems, and a steering wheel/column lock also can be effective deterrents. We encourage you to report any theft from vehicle to police, including if your vehicle has been tampered with but nothing has been stolen. This helps us track trends and identify suspects.

You can make a report online at https://www.howardcountymd.gov/police/file-online-report or by calling the non-emergency number at 410-313-2200. For thefts in progress, call 911.

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Just yesterday (August 24th) the following was reported on the Crime Log from HCPD:

Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in

Elkridge, 21075: 6600 block of Santa Barbara Road, Aug. 20-23, three vehicles: catalytic converters
6900 block of Magnolia Avenue, Aug. 22-23 overnight, multiple vehicles: various items

Columbia, 21045: 9000 block of Queen Maria Court, Aug. 22-23 overnight, bag
5600 block of Lightspun Lane, Aug. 22-23 overnight, unknown what, if anything, was stolen
5600 block of Sheerock Court, Aug. 22-23 overnight, medications
5300 block of High Tor Hill, Aug. 22-23 overnight, unknown what, if anything, was stolen
5400 block of Antrim Court, Aug. 23, nothing reported stolen

Ellicott City, 21043: 3100 block of Wheaton Way, Aug. 23, catalytic converter

Vehicle theft

Elkridge, 21075: 7600 block of Hearthside Way, Aug. 22-23
2020 black and white Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle, tags MD/767Y25

Columbia, 21044: 6500 block of Hazel Thicket Drive, Aug. 23-24 overnight
2018 white Toyota RAV4, tags MD/4CZ7073


This is what was reported on August 23rd:

Theft from vehicle/vehicle break-in

Laurel, 20723: 9000 block of Maier Road, Aug. 18-20, catalytic converter

Jessup, 20794: 8200 block of Patuxent Range Road, Aug. 19-20 overnight, three vehicles: catalytic converters

Columbia, 21045: 6000 block of Charles Edward Terrance, Aug. 20-21 overnight, multiple vehicles: various items

Columbia, 21046: area of Amherst Avenue, Beechwood Drive, Maple Avenue, Aug. 20-21 overnight, multiple vehicles: nothing reported stolen

Fulton, 20759: 11000 block of Chase Street, Aug. 20-21 overnight, multiple vehicles: unclear what, if anything, was stolen
11300 block of Iager Boulevard, Aug. 21, medication

Vehicle theft

Laurel, 20723: 9700 Whiskey Run, Aug. 18-21
1996 green Honda Accord, tags MD/9AG6737

Columbia, 21046: 6500 block of Beechwood Drive, Aug. 20-21 overnight
2013 Chevrolet Volt (recovered)

Columbia, 21046: 10000 block of Maple Avenue, Aug. 20-21 overnight
2021 GMC Canyon (recovered)

Columbia, 21044: 10400 block of Hickory Ridge Road, Aug. 20-21 overnight
2014 black Lexus LS 460, tags MD/9EH0027

Columbia, 21045: 9000 block of Red Branch Road, Aug. 21 3 p.m.
2005 gray Nissan Maxima

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Scott E

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