Annapolis police using security footage to help solve recent crimes

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Last Friday, Annapolis Police posted a video of a burglary at Bates Middle School.

"What we really want is the phone calls from the public with the identification and that's what happened in this case," said Cpl. Amy Miguez, spokeswoman with Annapolis Police.

Police said a tip produced a name and they arrested Cebian Hill-Allen of Annapolis and charged him with trespassing, destruction of property and burglary.

Annapolis police are also trying to solve a violent robbery on Franklin street where two separate men were attacked by five to eight people just  blocks away from Main Street.

"They were assaulted," Miguez said. "One of them  was thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious."

That crime was captured by surveillance video also. Using information from that video police stopped people, interviewed them and took their picture. With the information from the video and the still pictures, police served a warrant on Clay Street and arrested 20-year-old Albert Gross along with a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old in connection with the Franklin Street robberies.
Police taking pictures of people on the street drew a negative reaction from some in the community. Annapolis police says it's a valuable tool in their investigation.

"We're able to do field interviews on people and we are allowed to take photos of people that we stop just like a citizen has the right to video tape or photograph a police officer in a public area," Miguez said. "We can also do the same."

Police are still looking for Demarcus Gross in connection with the robberies on Franklin Street.