by Lisa Tome
"Be vigilant with your personal safety."
That's the message for residents and visitors to Rising Sun from Police Chief Chip Peterson.
The warning from the chief comes in the wake of a pair of incidents, both involving a person wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt.
On May 7 at 3:36 a.m., a male dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, stocking mask, white belt, white gloves, and black pants with a handgun showing in the waistband, repeatedly banged on the windows at the McDonald's, 10 Rising Sun Towne Center. Police reported that he tried to get the attention of those working the drive thru area. He was unsuccessful and fled on foot.
The following day, May 8, at 1:39, a woman was at Rising Sun Post Office, 105 North Walnut Street. Police were called for a theft in progress. The 25-year-old female victim was approaching her vehicle, a Chevy Equinox, and unlocked the vehicle with a remote. A male subject wearing a black hooded sweatshirt grabbed a camera bag from the vehicle and fled the scene to the rear of the post office. There were items valued at $1,485 in the camera bag. The property was recovered.
These two incidents were outlined by the chief in public forum on Tuesday, May 13.
"Be aware of your surroundings and be vigilant with your personal safety," said Peterson.
Anyone with information regarding either if these incidents is asked to call Rising Sun Police Department at 410-658-4101. Caller information may be kept confidential.