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Catonsville Crime: Police Search for Suspect in Armed Robbery

The following information is provided by the Baltimore County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

The following are summaries of incidents from police reports that occurred in Precinct One/Wilkens of the Baltimore County Police Department.

Attempted armed robbery: At 9:55 p.m. on Sunday, a man walked into Carroll Fuel, located at 408 Frederick Road, and pointed a handgun at the cashier. According to the police report, the suspect demanded money and then led the employee to the back of the store. The suspect then ran away. Police searched for the suspect in the area of Delrey Avenue and Frederick Road. The suspect is described as a thin man who is roughly 5 feet 9 inches tall weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a gray ski mask and wore all dark clothing.

Second-degree burglary: Sometime between 1 a.m. on April 27 and 12:17 p.m. on April 28, someone broke into a shed in the back of a home on the 2000 block of Clifden Road. According to the police report, a bow and arrow was removed from the shed but was found nearby in a storm drain.

Second-degree burglary: At 2:19 a.m. on April 23, someone broke into Barefeet Shoes, located at 1105 North Rolling Road. According to the police report, video surveillance showed that a man came in through the back of the store, disarmed the security camera and took cash from the store. The suspect also pried open the safe and took money from inside it.

First-degree burglary: Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on April 23, someone broke into a home on the unit block of Symington Avenue. According to the police report, the suspect entered the home through the front bay window and stole a 47-inch television, a camera, three frying pans, silverware and glasses.

For questions about this blotter, email penny.riordan@patch.com.

rc May 01, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Penny, I like the Patch for our neighborhood news and appreciate the service to the local community. The crime watch might not have been the most egregious example of the fact that "we can't tell it like it is", but it is an example. The police are falling into this mindset too by trying to avoid releasing obvious descriptors in an attempt to sidestep minor backlash from a few overactive citizens. In order to develop as a mature community I think it is important to have our news sources relay all the facts about this type of incident where a physical description is an important key.
Penny Riordan May 01, 2012 at 06:55 PM
RC, I see, thanks for clarifying. That makes a little more sense. If you're referring to an omission of race in the description, then that is the one descriptor that I as an editor for Patch did leave out. The race was mentioned in the police report, but we didn't include it. News media outlets often don't release the race of a suspect in a description from police unless there are other descriptors that can distinguish the person like facial hair, weight tattoos, etc. Does that make sense?
BlahDittyBlah May 02, 2012 at 01:25 PM
5'9", 200 lbs. is not thin. I am that height at 165, and I have a muscular build. Someone of my height weighing that much would be either very fat or built like an NFL running back.
rc May 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
No Penny; it does not make sense that news outlets have to be selective on what incidences they report or what information they provide about the items they choose to report on. When that happens, regardless of the omitted information, it becomes editorial by relief. I used this minor example to create a dialog and to illustrate a point. This type of omission or focusing on some elements rather than others out of fear of audience perception provides slanted or even misinformation rather than providing the intended product…news. The negative impact of editorializing or conveniently omitting information or events from a report creates a ripple effect that gets amplified on larger stories and national platforms. This type of refraction of events is happening more and more and adds to increasing distrust and polarization within the audience as well as distrust in what the media conveys. Regardless of the information, I believe the audience deserves to hear it like it is. Thank you for your feedback.
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