Armed Bandit Robs Service Station

Police beat

March 31, 1991

An armed bandit robbed an employee at the Gunpowder Cove Mobil gas station in Joppa last Sunday evening, the county Sheriff's Department said.

Police gave this account of the robbery: A man entered the service station in the 500 block of Joppa Farm Road about 7:30 p.m., walked behind the station's attendant and placed a weapon against the employee's back. The employee did not know what kind of weapon the man used.

The suspect grabbed cash from the employee's shirt pocket and then fled. The suspect was described as a black male, 26 to 30 years old, wearing a bright green jacket.


Cecil E. Kessler, 35, of Rising Sun, Cecil County, was chargedwith possessing a pipe bomb and attempting to get drugs with a forged prescription at a Bel Air grocery store Wednesday, the state Fire Marshal's Office reported.

The fire marshal's office said Kessler went to the Giant Food store pharmacy in the Tollgate Mall at 7 p.m. and tried to have a prescription filled. Employees then called police,who made an arrest.

Investigators found a handgun and a 6-inch long pipe bomb with a fuse in Kessler's car, the fire marshal's office said. The car was parked about 75 feet from the grocery store.

Theparking lot, the grocery store and most of the mall were cleared of customers while the fire marshal's bomb-disposal unit removed the pipe bomb from Kessler's car and dismantled it.


Christopher W. Milan, 19, of Kingsville, BaltimoreCounty, was injured when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving plunged 60 feet to the ground from the CSX railroad bridge at the Gunpowder River Thursday, the Sheriff's Department said.

Milan was listedin good condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, a hospital spokesman said.

The Sheriff's Department said Milan and a friend were riding their vehicles across the bridge at the Harford County line at 4:40 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Crimes that county police agencies said they investigated last week include:


100 block Waldon Road: Jewelry and cash, worth $600, were stolen from a house on March 22, the Sheriff'sDepartment said. A 14-year-old Abingdon youth has been charged with the burglary.

Bel Air

1400 block Landis Circle: A Labrador puppy worth $500 was stolen from a house on March 23, the Sheriff's Department said.

2300 block Shucks Road: Thirty-six geese decoys worth $525 were stolen from a shed on March 21, the Sheriff's Department said.


1300 block Business Center Way: Two heat pumps worth $1,500 were stolen from the Clayton Professional Center on March 19, the Sheriff's Department said.

Forest Hill

2500 block Putnam Road: A videocassette recorder and stereo equipment, worth $700, were stolen from a garage on March 22, the Sheriff's Department said.

Havre de Grace

3800 block Level Road: Doors, windows and office equipment were damaged during a burglary at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints on March 19, the Sheriff's Department said. Damage totaled $1,050. Nothing was reported stolen.

1600 block Level Road: Camera equipment, stereo equipment, tools, compact discs, cash and a telescope, worth $3,180, were stolen from a house on March 20, the Sheriff's Department said.


700 block Pulaski Highway: Copper and brass scrap metal worth $350 was stolen from a storage areaon March 21, the Sheriff's Department said.


Unit block McDermott Road: Four chain saws and cash were stolen from the BobGreen Landscape Co. on March 25, the Sheriff's Department said. A window was damaged during the burglary. Loss totaled $1,430.

1800 block Harkins Road: A $960 generator was stolen from a house on March 19, the Sheriff's Department said.

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