Catalytic Crime Wave Hits Annapolis

| April 11, 2011
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This past weekend was a busy one for Annapolis City Police.  From this morning’s police report:

  • Theft from vehicle – 100 block of Gibralter Ave – 4/7 at 5pm to 4/8 at 8am:  Unknown suspect(s) removed the catalytic converter from a vehicle.
  • Theft from vehicle – 100 block of Gibralter Ave – 4/7 at 6pm to 4/8 at 7am:  Unknown suspect(s) removed the catalytic converter from a company vehicle.
  • Theft from vehicle – 100 block of Gibralter Ave – 4/7 at 6pm to 4/8 at 8am:  Unknown suspect(s) removed the catalytic converters from 2 vehicles.
  • Theft from vehicle – 1900 block of Moreland Parkway – 4/7 at 6pm to 4/8 at 9:10am:  Unknown suspect(s) removed the catalytic converters from 3 vehicles.
  • Theft from vehicle – 100 block of Gibralter Ave – 4/7 at 8pm to 4/8 at 10am:  Unknown suspect(s) removed the catalytic converter from a vehicle and stereo / navigation unit from another vehicle.  There was no sign of forced entry from the vehicle in which the stereo / navigation unit was taken from.

There is little that can be done other then to remain vigilant and for the police to step up their presence in this neighborhood.  How do 8 catalytic converters get stolen from one neighborhood in what appears to be a 24 hour period?

Fights downtown are not unusual on the weekends when the bars close. This weekend was no exception:

  • 1st Degree Assault – 100 block of Main St – 4/9 at 12:48am:  Officers responded for a fight in progress where they located a victim that was lying on the ground going in and out of consciousness.  Witnesses stated that Clyde Kevin Gross Jr of Arnold and Michael A. Tyler of Riva, kicked the victim repeatedly in the head and body as the victim lay on the ground.  Both Gross and Tyler were charged with 1st degree assault, 2nd degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.  Gross was committed to the Detention Center and released after posting a bond; Tyler was released on his own recognizance from the Court Commissioners Office.

What is striking here is the leniency of the courts. Witnesses claimed that Gross was kicking a victim repeatedly in the head and he was arrested and charged accordingly. Yet he was released on his own “recognizance”? It should be noted that Gross is currently awaiting trial for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana stemming from a February 2011 arrest in Annapolis. Throw in a 2007 conviction for assault against a police officer (probation) and jail time in 2009 for violation of that probation, one wonders what type of recognizance the judge saw to allow him to remain free? Maybe it was the 60 day jail term (suspended of course) he received in February 2011 for possession of an open container. Maybe it was the August 2007 possession of marijuana charge in Queen Anne’s County. Or maybe it was the theft charges in Ocean City back in 2008?

Crime is an issue in the City and the County and it will continue to be a problem until the judicial system wakes up and realizes that it has become common criminal knowledge that if you want to do a crime, come to Anne Arundel County.

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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