A masked gunman and three accomplices were foiled as they attempted to rob an Odenton store Wednesday.
County police said the robber, armed with a sawed-off rifle, walked into the Odenton Variety Store, in the 1600 block Annapolis Road, and demanded money.
A clerk near the front door ran out and another clerk in a back room pressed the alarm button.
The gunman ran out the back door anddropped the rifle, police said.
A store clerk saw three other menrun from the front of the store and get in a white car.
Police described the gunman as black, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, and wearing black clothing. The three other men were described as black and wearinggray T-shirts.
MAN IN CAR ACCUSED OF CRACK POSSESSION
A Hanover man was charged with possession of crack after police said they found him with the drug Tuesday in Meade Village.
Police said an officeron patrol about 3:25 p.m. saw a man sitting in a parked car on MeadeVillage Road.
The officer began talking to the man and asked him why he seemed to be slouching down in in his car.
The man told theofficer he did not want the officer to see him drinking a beer.
The officer said he spotted a crack pipe in the car and arrested William Anthony Matthews, 39, of the 7600 block Post Road.
The officer searched the car and said he found several rocks of crack and some powder cocaine.
The following break-ins have been reported to countypolice:
First block of Church Road: May 20, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.
100 block of Faywood Drive: May 21, entry gained through the door. Jewelrytaken. Total loss: unknown.
8700 block of Piney Orchard Parkway: May 16. Tools taken.
4400 block Sharon Drive: May 21, entry gained through the window. Unknown property taken.
300 block of Riverside Drive: May 22, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.
8200 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard: May 22, entry gained through the door. Unknown property taken.