Police: Third Home Invasion, Victim Tied Up
Police say three homes targeted by gunmen may be connected with drug disputes.
Baltimore County police Monday disclosed that three men broke into an Owings Mills home, tied up a young woman who was there with a child and stole jewelry and cash in the third of what may be a series of drug-related robberies.
Three men, at least one of whom was brandishing a handgun, forced their way into a home on Lowergate Court in Owings Mills on Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m., according to the police report.
Once inside, they tied up a 20-year-old woman who was there with her 1-year-old son, said Baltimore County Police Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the Franklin Precinct.
The suspects searched the house and took jewelry, shoes, electronics and $30 in cash. The child wasn’t injured or assaulted, Doarnberger said.
Police said the robbery may be connected to two other recent armed home invasions.
In April, three armed men wearing ski masks tied up three victims with duct tape in a home on Village Mill Court in Owings Mills and stole electronics, credit cards and a car.
On May 3, three armed men wearing ski masks tied up eight people in a home on the 200 block of Hammershire Road in Reisterstown and took $20 in cash, four watches, a diamond ring, video game consoles, a flat screen TV and a car.
Police said they believe all three robberies were related to illegal drugs, Doarnberger said.
“Whether it’s a money issue or a territory issue, we don’t know,” he said.
The victim and another tenant in the third robbery waited four days to report the crime for fear of retribution, police said. The latest incident was different from the others in that the suspects wore hoodies and not ski masks. They also tied up the victim using an article of clothing found in the home rather that duct tape, police said.
Police said they were continuing to investigate.