Two Baltimore men made the mistake of going back for more from theirvictim yesterday, leading to their arrest on robbery, handgun and extortion charges, police said.
A Columbia woman reported that a manapproached her Monday evening with what she believed was a gun as she left her car in the 10400 block of Green Mountain Circle. She gave the man her purse, which contained a cash and credit cards.
After returning home, the woman received a phone call from a man who said he had her credit cards and would return them for $300.
After the call, the woman notified county police. She received a second call from the man while the officers were at her home. The officerslistened to the conversation as the man verified the type of credit cards he had from her purse.
He placed a third call at 12:50 yesterday morning to tell the woman to drop the money off at a fast-food restaurant in Baltimore.
As Howard County and Baltimore police monitored the restaurant, the woman dropped a decoy envelope on the ground near the drive-through window at approximately 2:20 p.m. yesterday.
As several men approached the envelope, Emmett Guy Edwards III ofthe 4300 block of Liberty Road in Baltimore started a conversation with an undercover officer outside the restaurant. He asked the officer to get the envelope for him.
As the officer retrieved the envelope, one of the men shouted, "police," and Edwards attempted to flee. He was apprehended by Baltimore City police.
A second suspect, Herbert Keys of the 4300 block of Pimlico Road in Baltimore, was also apprehended. Key matched the physical description of the man who robbedthe woman. Edwards and Keys were charged with robbery, handgun violations and extortion.
As of yesterday, both remained in the custodyof county police.
SUSPECT LEAVES TRAIL FOR POLICE IN SNOW
Last weekend's few inches of snow assisted police in tracking a Dayton man who was later charged with breaking and entering a Dayton residence.
Police responded to a reported break-in in progress at 10:50 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 4900 block of Greenbridge Road. Glass in a rear door of the home had been smashed and a checkbook was reported stolen.
Police noticed a fresh set of footprints in the snow and followed the prints to a trailer at the rear of the house. Inside the trailer, police discovered a man with boots matching the tracks.
Police have not recovered the stolen items.
Gregory Hammond of the 5000block of Greenbridge Road was placed under arrest and charged with breaking and entering. Hammond was being held in the Howard County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
6100 block of Commitment Court: Someone attempted to enter a home by prying three windows and a sliding glass door and breaking another window before 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22.
6900 block of Benbough Court: Several bottles of wine, a computer, VCR, jewelry, cameras and a telescope were reported stolen at 2 p.m. Thursday from a home entered through a smashed rear basement window.
9700 block of Polished Stone: A computer and a fax machine were reported stolen at 4 p.m. Thursday from a house.
Columbia Mall: A 1987 Chevy Camaro was reported stolen from the parking lot at 7 p.m. Friday.
5000 block of Green Bridge Road: Occupant reported someone who smashed the glass of a rear door and rang the doorbell at 1:27 a.m. Saturday.
6700 block of Ducketts Lane: A 1986 Pontiac Trans Am was reported stolen at 7 a.m. Saturday.
7700 block of Route 1: Videotapes, a video game system and and undisclosedamount of cash was reported stolen at 1 p.m. yesterday from a mobilehome that was entered through a pried-open front door.