A three-county stakeout Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Glen Burnie man who police say has robbed five Pizza Huts since 1989.
Anne Arundel police this week charged Robert William Mayfield, 21, of the 200 block Woodhill Drive with two counts of armed robbery, and Howard County police filed a charge of attempted armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
Spokesmen said additional charges are pending in both Howard and Prince George's counties.
Police say they received a tip that a Pizza Hut would be robbed Saturday. Officers watched restaurants in three counties and arrested Mayfield during an attempted holdup of a Pizza Hut on Route 1 in Howard County.
Police said a search of the suspect's car turned up evidence linking the man to five armed robberies of Pizza Huts since July 1989: two at the restaurant on Route 3 in Crofton, two in Prince George's and one in Howard County.
Mayfieldis being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in lieu of$75,000 bond.
WITH FAKE GRENADE, GUNMAN ROBS BANK
A gunman wearing a hard hat and work clothes and carrying a fake hand grenade robbeda Crofton bank Tuesday afternoon, escaping with an undisclosed amount of money from a Brinks shipment.
Police said the man walked intothe bank at 1:42 p.m. and asked employees if they had an electrical problem.
When the employees told the man they didn't, he held out a small revolver and said, "Well, then this is a stickup."
Police say the man told employees to put their hands in the air and ordered the manager to gather all the money from cash drawers and a Brinks shipment. He forced the employees into a back room and told them to wait there for five minutes.
He then placed what appeared to be a grenade on the floor and walked out of the bank, driving away in a 1970s-model full-size pickup truck.
Police say the suspect is a white male about 40 years old. He wore a white hard hat, plastic goggles anddark blue work pants.
BOY ACCUSED OF ARSON IN FIRE IN SCHOOL LOCKER
A 14-year-old boy was charged with a juvenile citation Tuesday in connection with an arson fire in a gym locker at Severn River Junior High School.
Fire department spokesman Lt. Gary Sheckells said seven firefighters went to the school about 9 a.m., but the fire alreadyhad been put out by school officials. He said damage to the locker and its contents was estimated at $500.
He said the boy, an eighth-grader, was charged with arson, reckless endangerment and two counts of burning someone else's property.
School principal Don McClenahan said there was "animosity" between the student charged and the student who had his locker set on fire.
McClenahan said someone stuffed paper into the locker, which was locked at the time, and set it ablaze. He said a ski jacket, school books and notebooks were destroyed.
Students were evacuated and allowed to return to class at 9:35 a.m. No one was injured.
POLICE SEEK ROBBER OF A 7-ELEVEN STORE
Police are looking for a man who jumped on a counter of a 7-Eleven in Glen Burnie Tuesday night and demanded money from the clerk.
Police say the man ran north on Crain Highway after taking an undetermined amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 25 years old with shoulder-length dirty blond hair wearing a dark plaid shirt, blue jeans and a blue or dark baseball cap.
The following break-ins have been reported to county police:
2600 blockRiva Road, March 4: entry gained through window of Jacobsville Elementary School. Radio taken. Total loss: $200
200 block Marie Avenue, March 5: entry gained through basement door. Television, VCR, watch, ring and $2 in quarters taken. Total loss: $1,872