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Police Investigate Possible Connection Between Baltimore, Harford County Burglaries

The burglaries occurred during the month of November at a number of Verizon Wireless stores.

Baltimore County Police are investigating the similarities between four burglaries at cell phone stores in Baltimore and Harford Counties.

In each case a Verizon Wireless store was ransacked and a large number of cell phones were stolen. None of the burglaries showed any sign of forced entry and in each instance, burglar alarms were apparently deactivated.

"Detectives are aware of some similarities between the burglaries at Verizon stores, and we are working with detectives in Harford County to determine if the crimes are connected," said Cpl. Cathleen Batton, a Baltimore County Police spokeswoman in an email.

The following burglaries are being investigated for any possible connection:

  • On Nov. 12, a Verizon Wireless store in the 900 block of Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace was burglarized. . There was no sign of forced entry.
  • On Nov. 13, a Verizon Wireless store in the 2000 block of E. Joppa Road in Parkville was burglarized. A total of 32 iPhone and Samsung Galaxy III phones were stolen. A police report at the time noted no sign of forced entry, a deactivated burglar alarm and that surveillance cameras had been set not to record.
  • On Nov. 27, a Verizon Wireless store in the 8600 block of Pulaski Highway in the Rossville area was burglarized. . There was no sign of forced entry and no alarm activation.
  • On Nov. 28, a Verizon Wireless store in the 2000 block of E. Joppa Road in Parkville was burglarized. $7,500 in cell phones were stolen, and again there was no sign of forced entry.

Police would not confirm any connection between the crimes, only that they were working across counties to investigate.

judith December 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM
obviously an inside job...can't wait until they catch em!
Parkvillehoney December 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Verizon is a multi billion corporation. They can't install a security system that will detect entry into their stores?? This is a blight on their corporate image.
clhchewy81 December 03, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Its a 3rd party location, thus not owned by Verizon.
Al Day December 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The phones are useless to them as they are all digitally coded and serial numbered. Even in a foreign country they are useless and can never be activated. Goofy crime unless there's something we're not being told.
Hazzard Native December 03, 2012 at 07:54 PM
They call it "jailbreaking" - a way to unlock a phone that has been shut down by the company.

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