Deputies Investigate Breaking and Entering of High's Store

(Bel Air, Md. – January 19, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a breaking and entering, which occurred early today. The breaking and entering occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. at the High’s store located in the 4800 block of Rocks Road near Street in northern Harford County.

A newspaper delivery person discovered the crime when they arrived at the High’s store to drop off newspapers. The witness observed an unknown male wearing a ski mask and dark clothing in the store behind the cash register. Upon observing the suspect in the store, the witness drove away but noticed a dark color van parked to the rear of the store.

During routine patrol following investigation of the breaking and entering, a deputy sheriff observed a purple1994 Dodge Caravan parked to the west side of Cliff’s Liquors located in the 4700 block of Conowingo Road. The deputy also saw two white males, both dressed in black pants, black jackets and dark colored ski caps nearby. As the deputy stopped to question the two individuals they ran into a nearby field where they escaped.

Further investigation revealed the van was recently stolen from Baltimore City. The Evidence Collection Unit of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office subsequently processed the vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies and Maryland State Police conducted a ground and air search in an effort to locate the two suspects who fled on foot from Cliff’s Liquors. The search continued for sometime without locating the suspects.

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation of the breaking and entering and theft of merchandise. Any one with information regarding the crime is asked to contact investigators at 410-838-6600.

Additionally, Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the two suspects responsible for this crime. Tipsters must call the 24-hour tip-line at 1-888-540-TIPS to be eligible for the reward. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Press Release

January 19, 2006