County police have arrested three suspects in a rash of recent armedrobberies in Howard and Carroll counties, a police spokesman said.
Arrested Tuesday were Kenneth Ray Perkins, 20, of the 1800 block ofMorrell Park Road in Baltimore, and Daniel Mark Berman, 18, of the 10300 block of Six Pence Circle in Columbia, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner.
Also arrested was 17-year-old Nicholas Alexander Vennari, of the 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive in Ellicott City, who was charged as an adult, police said.
The three were apprehended shortly afteran armed robbery Tuesday night at Ten Oaks Video store in Glenelg, where a clerk reported being held up by a man with a gun, Gardner said.
Police investigators, who recently received a tip linking Vennari and the other two men with a string of eight robberies since July 23, went to Vennari's home after learning of the Ten Oaks robbery, Gardner said.
Investigators were waiting for the three men when they drove up to Vennari's residence in a white car that matched a description of the vehicle leaving the scene of the Ten Oaks robbery, Gardner said.
Perkins and Vennari were each charged with five counts of armed robbery, while Berman was charged with two counts of armed robbery.
More charges are pending, police said.
In all but one of the robberies, a gunman made his getaway in a car with an accomplice after stealing cash from a small business staffed with only one employee.
Police said they have linked the men to robberies at Avanti's Deli in Ellicott City on July 23, the Great Tape Escape in Ellicott City on July 25 and Columbia Liquors in Columbia on July 30.
Also, at least one of the men is suspected in the armed robbery of a citizen walking outside the Normandy Shopping Center on Sept. 5, police said.
Police said they are investigating the group's possible involvement in one other Howard County robbery and two others in Carroll County.
Berman is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center.
Perkins is being held on $155,000 bond and Vennari $100,000.
Police said the key lead in the case came from a citizen who offered them a tip through the Metro Crime Stoppers hot line.