Three Baltimore men were arrested after their alleged getaway car crashed following the robbery of a customer at a Joppa convenience store and subsequent police chase Thursday.
The customer, who was robbed at the Lakeside Shell store, was not injured, the sheriff's department said.
Police gave the following account of the incident, which occurredat 2:50 a.m.:
A man approached the customer from behind, displayed a small-caliber handgun and demanded money. After a brief struggle,the robber got away with the man's wallet, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.
The thief fled the scene in a gray Ford Escort occupied by two other men.
A few minutes after the robbery, a sheriff's deputy and a state police trooper observed a car matching the description of the getaway car and launched a pursuit, police said.
During the pursuit, the driver of the Ford lost control of the vehicle in the 2700 block of Reckord Road in Fallston, police said. The car rolled over two times and came to rest on its tires. The three occupants fled into a nearby wooded area, police said.
Investigators said they recovered a handgun and the victim's wallet at the crashscene.
One suspect was apprehended at the scene and a second was arrested at 8 a.m. while walking nearby, police said. The third suspect was arrested in the afternoon after a citizen reported to police that he took a man fitting the description of a suspect to Fallston General Hospital.
Charged were: Tony H. Turner, 21; Marlon T. Gordon, 35; and 29-year-old Tony Gordon, who also is known as Barry Woods, the sheriff's office said.
The three suspects were charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, assault and use of a handgun. The suspects are being held in the county Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.
In an unrelated robbery, an armed bandit took an undisclosed amount of money from the 7-Eleven convenience store in the 1000 block of Gateway Road in Edgewood on Thursday at 5:25 a.m., the sheriff's office said.
A man entered the store, displayed a silver, small-caliber handgun and demanded cash from the store clerk, police said. Thesuspect fled into a nearby residential area. The clerk was not injured, police said.
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-30s. He is said to be about 5 feet 11 and weighs about 160 pounds.
He was wearing a black ski cap, a heavy blue and white coat, black gloves and black pants.
To provide information on the robbery, call the sheriff's office at 838-6600.