WEST BALTIMORE — SHOTGUN ROBBERIES
Jewelry, cash taken in two area holdups
Robbers armed with shotguns struck in Baltimore and AnnArundel County Friday night and early yesterday morning, snatching jewelry in one case and cash in another. But police were unable to say whether the thieves were linked to the recent string of shotgun robberies.
In one case, two armed men wearing ski masks burst into Thorn Rentals in the 5400 block of Sinclair Lane about 7:30 p.m. Friday, pointed a sawed-off shotgun and a sawed-off rifle at a clerk and told him to open the safe.
They took an undetermined amount of jewelry, police said -- most of it watches and rings -- and escaped on foot.
About 2:45 a.m. yesterday, two men, one armed with a shotgun, struck at the Parkway Plaza Motel in the 7200 block of Parkway Drive in Hanover.
One of them held the desk clerk at gunpoint while the other rifled the cash drawer, county police said. They fled with an undetermined amount of money.
52-year-old man killed in apparent robbery
A 52-year-old West Baltimore man was gunned down early yesterday in the 1100 block of West Franklin Street by two men who jumped him and a female companion in an apparent robbery attempt, city police said yesterday.
Homicide detectives identified the victim as William E. Kirtley of the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. They said he was shot in the base of the neck and was left dead at the scene as the thieves escaped on foot through an alley. It was unclear whether the robbers got any money.
According to police reports, the robbers leapt from an alley shortly after midnight. One pulled the woman into the alley and demanded money; the other held a handgun to Mr. Kirtley and shouted, "Give me your money, give it all up," then fired one shot and ran.
Rosedale man killed in hit-run accident
A 27-year-old Rosedale man was struck and killed by a passing vehicle that failed to stop as he was crossing Pulaski Highway shortly after midnight yesterday morning a few blocks from his home, Baltimore County police said yesterday.
They identified the dead man as Steven S. Bernstein of the 6700 block of Havenoak Road and said they were still looking for the car and driver involved. Police said they found a pile of debris, including headlight lenses with a Volvo insignia, at the scene. Witnesses described the car as a blue sedan.
According to police reports, Mr. Bernstein was crossing the eastbound lanes of Pulaski Highway near Contractors Road. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.
Police are looking for a Volvo with damage to the left headlight and have asked anyone with information to call the Area 3 traffic unit at 887-7270.
'Skinhead' acquitted in yeshiva vandalism
Jeffrey Eskew, a self-described "skinhead," has been acquitted of charges that he vandalized a Jewish boys school in Silver Spring in December 1989.
A Montgomery County Circuit Court jury deliberated about 2 1/2 hours Friday before finding Eskew, 22, not guilty of breaking and entering, malicious destruction and religious vandalism at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington.
He was held without bond at Montgomery County jail pending sentencing May 7 on two unrelated robbery charges.
Eskew said he confessed to the Dec. 26, 1989, break-in because he wanted to impress his friends. He testified he had nothing to do with the vandalism.
FOR THE RECORD
* The city of Annapolis will celebrate Maryland Day tomorrow. . Offices will be closed and there will be no residential trash pickup. State government offices will be open.
* The seventh annual Coppin State College breakfast for scholars -- held for 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors selected throughout the metropolitan Baltimore area -- took place yesterday morning at the school on West North
Avenue in Baltimore.
* The body of a man, apparently in his forties, was found floating in the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River yesterday near the 3100 block of Waterview Avenue, Baltimore police said. Police, who said there were no signs of foul play, withheld the man's identity pending notification of his family.