Police are looking for a man who robbed an Owen Brown convenience store with a handgun Wednesday night.
Police said the man entered the store at the 6800 block of Cradlerock Way at 9:30 p.m. and walked around for a few minutes before he covered part of his face and walkedbehind the counter. He then pulled out a handgun and asked the clerkfor cash.
He grabbed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and fled the store, police said.
They described him as a light-skinned, black male in his early 20s with a thin mustache. The suspect wore a white-hooded sweat shirt, a dark jacket and blue jeans.
The incident follows an armed robbery at the village center last month, when a man pointed a gun at a woman, then stole her purse and her 1985BMW. Police are investigating whether the robberies are connected.
CARS AT GOLF CLUB BROKEN INTO, STOLEN
Police are stepping up patrols at the Hobbits Glen Golf Club after several cars were either brokeninto or stolen during a weeklong period.
In the latest incident, police found a stolen 1989 Chevy Blazer that had been set on fire between Monday night and Tuesday morning in the parking lot.
The car had been reported stolen from a Baltimore County auto dealership.
About three days earlier, a 1990 Nissan Maxima was reported stolen and the ignition on a 1989 Isuzu Trooper was reportedly tampered with.
Radar detectors and other items also have been reported stolen from cars parked at the golf club in recent weeks.
CAR-JACKERS DITCH AUTO IN WASHINGTON
State and county police are investigating a car-jacking Monday night in which two men accosted a father and his children in the Owen Brown Village Center parking lot.
Police say the father and his children had gotten out of their 1992 Nissan Pathfinder at 8 p.m. when two men came up behind them, pointed a handgun at the father's stomach and asked for the keys.
The suspects took the keysand fled in the car. A witness alerted police on a car phone that the Nissan was headed for Interstate 95 south.
State police chased the car at speeds up to 90 mph onto U.S. 50 toward Washington, where the two suspects ditched the car in a northeast Washington apartment complex and fled into the woods.
Police describe the suspects as slender black males in their early 20s, one with a light mustache and the other wearing a blue sweat shirt and dark pants.
BALTIMORE MAN HELD IN BURGLARY
A Baltimore man has been charged with one of 23 burglaries that have occurred in two Columbia neighborhoods.
Donald Eugene Bell, 23, of the 600 block of East 30th Street, was charged Tuesday with burglary, theft and destruction of property. Police allege he broke into a home on Devon Drive in January and stole electronic equipment.
Police received a tip linking him to the break-in and saythey are investigating his possible involvement in other burglaries that occurred in the Clemens Crossing and Hawthorne neighborhoods.
Most of the break-ins involved the theft of electronic equipment, jewelry and cash. None of the property or money has been recovered.
The following crimes were reported to Howard County police:
9400 block of Bullring Lane: Someone entered a shed Tuesday morning and stole a gas can.
6900 block of Oakland Mills Road: Someone stole a 1991 Plymouth Sundance between 5 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
9600 block of White Acre Road: Someone entered through a rear window March 8 or 9 and stole televisions.
5300 block of Iron Pen Place: Someone broke into a basement window March 9 and stole cash, a semiautomatic gun, a toy gun and a jacket.
6300 block of Golden Hook: Someone entered an unlocked garage door and stole bicycles.
10200 block of Wincopin Circle: A stolen 1988 Buick Regal was found by the owner on March 7.
5500 block of Cedar Lane: A suspect kicked in a door after the victim told the suspect to leave.
7500 block Weather Worn Way: A resident said he saw a shadow of a person on the patio.
3300 block of North Ridge Road: Someone tried to break into the Howard County Sun office by tampering with the locks between March 8 and March 9.
4300 block of Wild Filly Court: Owners heard footsteps in the house March 6 and found the garage and slidingdoors unlocked.
8600 block of Town and Country Boulevard: A resident reported a prowler staring at her through a sliding door March 7.
10300 Gorman Road: A videocassette recorder, vaseand several rings were stolen from a house.