A 25-year-old Columbia man reported two men robbed him of $300 Tuesday after one threatened him with a submachine gun, county police said.
The victim reported he had just left his apartment in the 7600 block of Weather Worn Way at 9:50 p.m. and was going to his car when the two men approached him, police said.
One of the men pulled the gun from under his coat and ordered thevictim to turn over his money, police said.
After taking the cash, the two men got into a truck and drove in the direction of Eden Brook Drive. The victim was not injured, police said.
PIPE 'BOMB' LACKEDEXPLOSIVES, POLICE SAY
A device that police originally suspected to be a pipe bomb was found Wednesday in the dirt at an Ellicott Citytrailer park, but no explosives were found in the pipe, county police said.
The 24-inch pipe device was found at about 3 p.m. near oneof the trailers at the Deep Run trailer park in the 8500 block of Falls Run Road, police said.
"It turned out to be a dummy and posed no danger," said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.
Last weekend, four explosions -- two caused by pipe bombs -- were reported in various sections of Ellicott City and Columbia. No injuries were reported in the incidents, but two cars, a mailbox, and a front door to a home were damaged.
Police said it is doubtful that the explosions are related to Wednesday's incident at the trailer park.
BURGLAR HITS 9 HOMES IN 2 NEIGHBORHOODS
County police say that a burglar has broken into nine town houses and single-family homes in the Clemens Crossing and Hawthorn neighborhoods since the beginning of the year, stealing videocassette recorders, televisions and stereos.
The latest attempt was foiled Tuesday evening when a resident in the6100 block of Cedar Wood Drive spotted an intruder fleeing through abasement window, which had been pried open, police said.
All of the burglaries have occurred after 5 p.m. A suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. The thief is believed to have worn gloves for the crimes and has pried his way through windows with a screw driver, police said.
An unrelated string of burglaries has also been committed in theKings Contrivance area of Columbia by another burglar, police said. Since November, six homes have been burglarized, with a thief taking televisions, videocassette recorders and jewelry, police said.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police were:
6400 block of Brass Knob: Someone kicked in several windows of a homeshortly after midnight Tuesday, but was unable to gain entrance.
5700 block of Margrave Mews: A young girl walking in the area of Jackson's Pond reported that a man indecently exposed himself to her at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The man then left the area.
5400 block of Mystic Court: An undisclosed amount of cash was reported stolen at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday from a home that showed no signs of forced entry.
6200block of Plaited Reed: Someone attempted to break into a home sometime before 11 a.m. Thursday by removing screens from basement windows,but was unable to gain entrance.
5400 block of Cedar Lane: A 1979Buick Regal automobile was reported stolen at 11 a.m. Sunday from anapartment complex parking lot. The thief apparently jump-started thecar, since the vehicle had a dead battery at the time of the theft.