Several shoppers chased and caught a teen-ager armed with a knife Sunday afternoon, after the youth stole a bag of clothing from The Gap in downtown Annapolis and ran down the street.
The 16-year-old walked into the clothing store on Market Square at noon and picked up three pairs of shorts, two shirts and two pairs of slacks, city police said. When the clerk rang up the purchases, the youth grabbed the bagand ran out the door, police said.
The associate manager ran after him, yelling, "Stop, thief," saidstore manager Seniye Bedizel. When the teen-ager kept running, several people chased him and cornered him at Prince George and Randall streets.
A man who identified himself as a Secret Service agent toldpolice that he found a knife on the youth. Police recovered a kitchen knife with a wooden handle and 5-inch blade, police said.
After being charged with theft and carrying a deadly weapon, the boy was released into his mother's custody, police said.
14TH PURSE SNATCHING OCCURS IN ANNAPOLIS
An Annapolis woman was the latest victim in a series of purse snatchings in Maryland's capital.
Dana Collins toldpolice she had just cashed a check and was walking home yesterday when a thief grabbed her purse. Collins, a resident of the 1000 block of Martha Court, was walking on Forest Drive in the direction of her home at 2:10 a.m. when her purse was snatched.
The incident was the14th reported purse-snatching in Annapolis in recent months. State Sen. Walter M. Baker (D-Cecil) and his wife, Jean, were robbed Feb. 18while walking back to their hotel after eating dinner downtown.
MANICURE SHOP REPORTS ROBBERY
A robber held up a Glen Burnie manicure shop Monday, county police reported.
Officers said the man enteredManicures Unlimited, in the 7500 block of Ritchie Highway, at 9 a.m.
The robber held his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun and demanded money. The receptionist gave him an unidentified amount of cash, and the man left the shop.
Police described the suspect as a white male, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was in his early 30s and had long brown hair in a pony tail.
MAN HIT, ROBBED NEAR 11TH AVE. BAR
A Brooklyn Park man told police that he was robbed outsidea bar on 11th Avenue Friday.
Detectives said the robber first asked the man for a cigarette outside Pop Rick's Bar at 4 p.m. When the victim gave it to him, the robber punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious. When the man regained consciousness, $45 was missing from his wallet, police said.
Police described the robber as a black man in his early 20s. He was wearing blue sweat pants and a black hat.
600 block of Cleveland Road: March 1, entry gained through door. Lawn mower taken. Total loss: $100.
7900 block of Nolpark Court: March 1, entry gained through door. Jewelry taken. Total loss: $800.