Rewards Offered For Tips On Havre De Grace Killings

October 27, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Two rewards, totaling $11,000, are being offered for information that might help the investigation of the killings of two elderly sistersat a Havre de Grace sporting goods store on Oct. 18.

A reward of up to $10,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects. The reward money is provided by the family of Bessie Urban Mitchell, 73, of Havre de Grace, and Emily Urban Hamby, 75, of Aberdeen, who were slain in the store.

In addition, Harford County Crime Solvers, a non-profit citizens group, is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of suspects.

To provide information for the $10,000 reward, call the state police at Benson at 879-2101 or 838-4101. For the $1,000 reward, call the Crime Solvers hot line at 877-STOP. Callers do not have to give their names or appear in court.

"(Rewards) make people with information call who may not have called before," said Sgt. Larry Meusel, of the Benson state police.

Meusel called the investigation by six detectives from the state policeand Havre de Grace police "very active."

Mitchell, owner of the Sportsman's Center, and Hamby, who worked at the shop, were killed shortly before 1 p.m. inside the store at the intersection of Legion andOstego streets.

Police say $150 and at least eight guns are missing from the store. Investigators are taking inventory of the store's stock to determine how many of the missing weapons were stolen, Meusel said.

Investigators also are searching for a gray, late-1970s Chevrolet Camaro that witnesses said they saw near the store at the time of the robbery and killings, Meusel said. The driver of the car wasdescribed as a white man with light-colored hair in his mid-30s.

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