Property Thefts Rise in Annapolis
June saw a rise in thefts from vehicles and stolen scooters, but the Annapolis Police Department said its numbers are still down from last year.
The Annapolis Police Department saw a "surge in larcenies" during the month of June with approximately 70 reports filed.
"We had about 13 scooters stolen," Major Scott Baker said. "We recently took into custody a couple of juveniles that we think we may be the culprits."
In addition to the scooter thefts, police also saw a rise in the number of thefts from vehicles. These thefts range in value from loose change to laptops and designer handbags.
But Baker said the majority of these thefts have one thing in common: people who leave their vehicles unlocked.
Baker said police "have been walking around in certain communities, finding unlocked cars and knocking on the residents' doors."
He recommended people always lock their car doors and roll up their windows even if the vehicle is parked in their driveway, or if they plan to only be gone a short time.
In one incident, police said a woman reported her Apple iPhone was stolen from her unlocked car during the 10 minutes it took to bring her child into daycare. The theft occurred in the 1400 block of Bay Ridge Avenue on July 9 between 8:10 and 8:20 a.m.
Baker said thefts from vehicles will hopefully drop thanks to recent arrests made by Annapolis Police.
Curtis Dorsey, 43, of Brooklyn was arrested on July 18 after a person called to report Dorsey pulling vehicle door handles in the unit block of McKendree Avenue.
After his arrest, police determined that Dorsey was responsible for ransacking several unlocked vehicles in the area.
He was charged with four counts of rogue and vagabond and three counts of theft less $100.
And on June 29, officers responded to the 1000 block of Van Buren St. for a report of another person trying vehicle’s door handles. They arrested Glenard Moulden, 40, of Annapolis, and charged him with four counts of rogue and vagabond. Moulden was seen inside a vehicle that had been left unlocked.
"Where we do have a property crime increase last month, I think we do good detective work," Baker said.
Thefts from vehicles in Annapolis are down 56 percent from 2008, and overall property theft in the city is down 48 percent in the last four years.
"Even though we had a pretty impacting June, we are still nine percent lower on property theft year to date," Baker said.
He added that property thefts for June 2012 are also 7 percent lower than June 2011, which had 76 larcenies.