County police were looking for two men who robbed a Linthicum fast-food restaurant early yesterday morning and forced three employees into a freezer.
The holdup is similar to a number of recent incidentsin Baltimore, Howard and Prince George's counties, police say.
Police said an employee of Wendy's restaurant at 714 Nursery Roadwas leaving at about 1:15 a.m. when a man with a sawed-off shotgun and an accomplice ordered him back inside.
Once inside, the banditsdemanded money from the safe, and the manager complied. The employees were ordered into the walk-in freezer while the bandits escaped.
Police described the robbers as black men wearing stockings over their heads and a black-and-white sock on each hand.
Police aren't sure if one gang is responsible for all the holdups or if one gang is copying another.
On July 19, two men, one armed with a semiautomatic handgun, robbed a Hardee's restaurant in Glen Burnie just after midnight and escaped with an undetermined amount of money.
The pair forced their way into the restaurant as a night manager and another employee left after closing.
The armed bandit ordered the manager toopen the safe, then ordered both employees into a walk-in freezer.
On July 27, three men wearing stockings over their heads robbed theSir Walter Raleigh Inn restaurant in Ellicott City at gunpoint, escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No one was hurt. Two of the men were said to be armed with sawed-off shotguns.
About 10 employees were herded into the walk-in freezer. They were later freed bypolice.
Baltimore and Baltimore County also have been hit this summer, with robberies at Suburban House, Pikesville, July 19; Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurant, Timonium, July 25; Bob's Big Boy, Catonsville, last Friday; and three Sizzler restaurants -- Catonsville, June 23; Baltimore, July 1; and Owings Mills, July 15.
In the Baltimore County incidents, the bandits have gotten in and out of the establishments within minutes, taking time only to open safes. No shots have been fired and there have been no injuries.