Slain gun shop owner's records sought Number of guns stolen is unknown in Harford robbery that left two dead.

October 21, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Police are searching for records that would help them determine the number of guns that were stolen from a Havre de Grace gun shop where two elderly women were slain Friday during a robbery.

Shop owner, Bessie Urban Mitchell, 73, of Havre de Grace, and her sister, Emily Urban Hamby, 75, of Aberdeen, were killed after at least one armed man entered the Sportsman's Center at Legion and Otsego streets.

The killer or killers fled with an undetermined number of handguns and cash, State Police said.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the slayings. Homicide investigators have been hampered by a lack of leadsand gun shop records that are either missing or unaccounted for.

"We have no witnesses who observed the crime . . . so we really have very little information," said Trooper First Class Jerry McCormack.

A search of the store failed to turn up records of the missing guns. But police are unsure whether the records were stolen during the robbery. It is possible that Mitchell may have kept the records elsewhere, McCormack said.

The store had been a fixture in Havre de Grace for two decades. Last year, Mitchell took over the store when her husband died. Her sister helped out.

Funeral services for Mitchell and Hamby will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick's Church on Congress Avenue in Havre de Grace. They will be buried at Angel Hill Cemetery.

"She was a nice lady, sort of feisty," said Mitchell's friend and neighbor, Norge G. Angelucci, 65. "She didn't take a whole lot of goof off of anybody.

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