Lutherville-Timonium Crime: Man Robbed With Automatic Handgun

The following information was supplied by the Baltimore County Police Department. In cases where a criminal charge is noted, the information provided does not indicate a conviction.

Greenside Drive, 9800 block, between 5:30 and 5:31 p.m. on March 23. A Sparks man was robbed at gunpoint with what appeared to be an automatic handgun, according to the incident report. The armed suspect asked the victim for a cigarette before displaying the weapon. A watch, cell phone and money were stolen.

York Road, 1600 block, between 8 p.m. on March 21 and 8:45 a.m. on March 22. A laptop computer was stolen from . The burglar smashed the side door with a concrete stone to get inside.  

Hathaway Road, unit block, between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on March 20. A 32-year-old man has been charged with stealing pharmaceuticals from a family member. The man forced open the relative's rear basement door to get inside where he allegedly stole the drugs, according to police reports.

Police arrested Michael David Zeller on March 22 and charged him with first-degree burglary, theft, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 20 at 8:30 a.m. in District Court.

York Road, 2100 block, between 5 p.m. on March 18 and 7:30 a.m. on March 19. An Orick brand vacuum cleaner and an unknown amount of cash were stolen from a . The burglar “possibly” gained access to the station by entering through the west side garage door that wasn’t closed all the way, according to the police report. The burglar then cut through a cinder block wall with an unknown tool to get inside the main office. No further information is known at this time.

2012 Incident Tracker:

 Crime  # of Times Reported in 2012  Notes/Link (The latest) Burglary (Including  Attempted)              28 (See above)  
Protest                1 Protesters , peacefully and without incident. Armed Robbery                3
(See above) Robbery                1 A man was  while attempting to purchase baseball cards. Suspicious Condition                1  was found in local neighborhoods. Destruction of Property                1 Racial remarks .
Possession of drugs or paraphernalia                1 (See above)

Editor's Note: The Incident Tracker lists reports, compiled by Patch, relevant to Lutherville-Timonium, filed at the  in Cockeysville. The number of reports listed may not be 100 percent accurate based on a number of factors.

M. Sullivan March 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It's a pretty sad indication of the state of Apartmentland when this kind of thing can happen in broad daylight in a heavily traveled area. It would be best to bulldoze all those apartments before things get any worse. This area is starting to look more and more like Owings Mills every day, but the bleeding hearts will just let it happen without saying a word.
Harry Callahan March 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM
This is further proof of what I said before. The police, no matter how well trained, no matter how well intentioned, no matter how zealous, are not in the CRIME PREVENTION business. They are merely armed archaeologists who arrive on the scene 99.9999999% of the time only AFTER being summoned by the victim. Now that the People's Republik of Marylandistan is about to become a SHALL ISSUE state when it comes to the granting of concealed carry permits to any and all law-abiding citizens (thanks to a recent court ruling which this news outlet has yet to cover), we can now handle our personal protection ourselves and, in the case of the armed robbery, a well-trained, law-abiding citizen who has that warrior attitude can turn the tables on these miscreants and allow the fire department, rather than the police department, to clean up the remains of the criminal after the prospective victim deals out well-deserved justice on the spot of the crime.
M. Sullivan March 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Harry, although I agree with you in principle, I personally would find it very impractical (not to mention uncomfortable) to lug around a 16oz gun with me everywhere, especially in the summer. Heck I usually don't even carry a cellphone around. It stays in the car. I think the more practical answer is the same as the prevention of other vermin; eliminate their habitat. Specifically, get rid of the Section 8 housing, check cashing stores, cheezy nail salons, Light Rail, Dollar Stores, and Wal-Mart and you have less chance of the infestation that we have going on now.
Other Tim March 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Why is "Protest- Protesters opposed gas tax, peacefully and without incident" listed as a crime?
Nick DiMarco (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Hi "Other Tim" thank you for commenting. This is a question that I get once every few weeks. There were no crimes committed at the protest. However, whenever police write a report it's filed as an incident summary. Police were either called or went to the protest and therefore wrote the report that it was peaceful. Consider it a matter of record. I apologize for any confusion. - ND
Nick DiMarco (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
We have talked about the Second Amendment before: http://patch.com/A-pnFn Do you think a follow-up "conversation starter" article would be a benefit to the site?
Harry Callahan March 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Nick, I do think that you need to keep this important issue before the public. For the first time in my 64 years on this earth, the subjects of this beknighted state have a chance at becoming real citizens by regaining their full 2nd amendment rights as have citizens in 41 other states. The recent decision by Judge Legg should be kept before the public as the Comrades in the People's Duma (otherwise know as the Maryland General Assembly) come to terms with this issue. There will be a need to generate common sense guidelines for the issuance of these permits (such as forbidding convicted felons, people with known cases of mental illness, etc.) from obtaining such a permit. This is going to take some time and clear-headed thinking to be successfully and safely implemented (come to think of it, I can't think of a single thing that the MGA has ever done that demonstrated clear-headed thinking so I may be expecting a miracle here).
Karen March 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wow, M. Sullivan, you sound like a very hateful person. Unless you know who committed these crimes, how can you say getting rid of one type of housing would stop them? And the light rail? So many commuters use it to get to work, are they are criminals? Interesting that you site Owings Mills. Makes me think you are referring to race. Are you a bigot?
M. Sullivan March 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Oh, here we go, Karen. Anytime anyone points out the obvious, they get hit with the word bombs, such as "bigot", "racist", etc. as a feeble attempt to minimize their point by someone who can't stand the truth and is incapable of providing an intelligent counter argument. I sited Owings Mills due to the fact that it is another formerly nice area that has become a run-down, crime infested mess, including their failed mall. Shall I name other, similar locations? How about Security, Druid Hill, Hamilton, Belair-Edison, Reisterstown, Northwood, Dundalk and more. All these were formerly nice, safe, middle class locations that I would not walk through by myself at night now. Does their present condition have anything to do with race? You tell me. By the way, you are making an assumption about my race. Doesn't that make you a bigot?
M. Sullivan March 27, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sorry, I mindlessly followed your lead and misspelled ""cited" as "sited".
Concerned Mom March 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
M. Sullivan- The kind of place that you would prefer to live in probably doesn't exist except in your dreams- and if it does, you should go and live there. We could definitely do without people like you around here!
M. Sullivan March 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Oh, go back to your soaps "concerned". I think you may be the one in a dream world. Yes, we certainly need more people like you, with your head in the sand, cellphone plugged into your head, running around in your Suburban, thinking that everything is just wonderful until, one day reality reveals itself to you in a not-so-pleasant manner. Lutherville / Timonium / Cockeysville was just fine until about 10 years ago when the Light Rail was shoved down our throats by Schaefer. Things have been going downhill ever since. Of course, you probably haven't lived here long enough to understand.
Dick Ellwood March 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I'm with Harry Sullivan on this issue - M. Sullivan needs to calm down a little. I am retired from the police department. I hope that the right to carry comes to our state soon. Crime is everywhere and we should have the right under the constitution to defend ourselves. It is not a race issue. We can start with the breakup of family values, the education system, and the court system. Be vigilant of your surroundings at all times. Work with the police, not against them.
M. Sullivan March 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I'm perfectly calm, Mr. Ellwood. It's only when I get personally attacked by people who, apparently, don't have the intellectual horsepower to present a logical argument, that I will raise the volume. Also, as I said, I also agree with harry Callahan in principle, but I don't think that in a civilized society, we should need to be lugging around our own firearms.


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