THREE MEN ARRESTED AFTER GROUP ROBBED
Three 20-year-old men were arrested Monday on armed robbery charges after a group of four people were held up while going to a Columbia restaurant, county police said.
Police say the victims, two men and two women, exited their cars shortly before 12:30 a.m. when they were approached by three men who began talking to them. One of the men then pulled out a small handgun and demanded their valuables, police said.
The victims handed over their money, and the robbers also took several other personal items, including cigarettes and lighters, police said. The total amount taken was less than $200.
The three men then got into a late-model Ford Pinto station wagon and drove away. Police received a description of the car and the suspects. Less than an hour later, an officer pulled over a car matching the description in the eastbound lane of U.S. 40 near the Baltimore County-Howard County line.
Although the gun was not recovered, the victims identified the men as the robbers, police said.
Arrested were Leonard Enoch Mayers, of the 800 block of Harwood Road in Harwood; Alex Bryant Bailey, of the 4200 block of Pimlico Road in Baltimore; and Edward Craig Long, of the 1100 block of White Lock Road in Baltimore.
Each is charged with three counts of armed robbery, assault with intent to rob and use of a handgun in commission of a felony, police said. Mayers and Bailey are being held on $25,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center, while Long is being held on $50,000 bond.
FOUR AUTOMOBILES BURNED, VANDALIZED
County police and the state Fire Marshal's office are investigating the burning and vandalism Monday of four cars in Ellicott City, two of which were defaced with swastika symbols scratched on the trunk.
The cars, all of which had been left by their owners with "For Sale" signs in the Safeway parking lot in the 10100 block of U.S. 40, were vandalized at approximately 10:20 p.m. Windows were smashed, and one of the cars was set on fire, police said.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire had spread to three other cars, police said. One car was a total loss and other three received minor damage.
Police say the swastikas, a symbol of Nazi Germany, appear to have been scratched on to the vehicles as a prank. The incident, however, is being investigated by the police racial, religious and ethnic crimes unit, which routinely looks into crimes showing any indication of racism.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to state police and to Howard County police:
9200 Perfect Hour, Kings Contrivance: Oct. 2, approximately $400 worth of tools and tool boxes were reported stolen at 6 a.m. from a carport business.
12000 Little Patuxent Parkway, Oakland Mills: Sept. 30, several pieces of electronic equipment, jewelry and a purse were stolen sometime before 12 p.m. from a home that was entered through an unlocked basement door.
5100 block Brook Way, Running Brook: Sept. 30, several tools were reported stolen at 9 a.m. from a van parked in an apartment complex parking lot.
5900 block Grand Banks Road, Harper's Choice: Sept. 29, a 1989 Isuzu Trooper was reported stolen at 7 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
8300 block Cold Spring Court: Oct. 1, several rolls of carpeting were stolen sometime before 7:30 a.m. from a house under construction.
2800 block Marriottsville Road: Sept. 28, several pieces of jewelry were reported stolen at 6:45 p.m. from a residence.
3000 block Chestnut Hill Drive: Sept. 27, cash, jewelry and office equipment were reported stolen at 3 p.m. from a home.