Another man was robbed at gunpoint last week when an unidentified gunman stole his car at The Mall in Columbia.
The 25-year-old victimwas getting into his car at the mall parking lot Friday afternoon when a gunman stuck a gun in his back, police said. The gunman took thekeys to the victim's 1992 Chevrolet Corsica then sped away, police said.
The victim was not hurt, and the car has not been recovered.
SECOND ARREST MADE IN DRUG RING PROBE
State police have arrested a 25-year-old Laurel man suspected of leading a New York-to-Miami cocaine organization that sold drugs in Howard for two years.
Anthony A. Nixon, of the 9000 block of Thaminesneade Road, surrendered at the Waterloo barracks Friday, police said. He was charged with distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine. Police had asked the public to help find Nixon after he failed to turn himself in earlier last week.
Police say they suspect Nixon of being the primary New York connection in the drug organization, suspected of moving 20 kilograms of cocaine a month to the Howard and Baltimore areas. Police said Nixon had made drug sales to undercover state troopers during a two-year investigation.
Nixon's alleged partner, Rashavd Williams, 32, of the 3100 block of Reisterstown Road, was arrested earlier last week at his Baltimore home and charged with distribution of cocaine.
TrooperJ. Scott McCauley, state police spokesman, said Nixon headed the NewYork side while Williams was the lead person on the Miami side of their 15-member drug-trafficking ring. McCauley said state police are investigating the organization's other members, who live in Howard andAnne Arundel counties.
In an unrelated case, police on Friday also arrested an Ellicott City man they say has been selling drugs in Howard for eight years.
Police arrested Craig R. Stanger, 36, at hisapartment at the 3300 block of N. Chatham Road. Police said they found more than 1 pound of marijuana -- with a street value of $5,000 --and 1 ounce of cocaine worth $2,800 during a search of the apartment. Police also found $6,000 in cash and confiscated the suspect's Chevrolet Celebrity.
Police have charged Stanger with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute.
PIZZA MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT SUNDAY
A pizza man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night when he tried to deliver food to a Columbia house.
Police said the 23-year-old Pizz-A-Boli's delivery man was going to a house in the 9300 block of Farewell Road when a man with a handgun approached him from behind and demanded money. Police said the gunman led the victim to a wooded area, where he took a small amount of money and told the victim to lie on the ground.
The delivery man was not injured.
Police said the owners of the house did not order the pizza.
GLASS DOOR AT HIGH'S SMASHED WITH BRICK
Police responded to an alarm Friday night at the High's convenience store in the 5400 block of Lynx Lane in Wilde Lake. The glass front door was smashed with a brick. Police said cigarettes and cash were taken.
Abouta week earlier, a window at the nearby Sunoco gas station was smashed and an undisclosed amount of cash taken, police said.
Someone also tried to break into a High's convenience store at the Harper's Choice Village Center on Saturday night.
POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK-IN SPREE
County police are investigating a series of robberies and break-ins in two Columbia communities.
Police said the Beaverbrook and Longfellow communities have had 10 break-ins since late February. Burglars have been gaining entry by forcing open rear doors or windows, taking cash, jewelry and electronic equipment. Police said most of the burglaries occurred when homeowners were at work, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Police ask residents to report suspects or suspicious vehicles by calling 911; the Criminal Investigation Bureau, 313-2220; or Metro Crime Stoppers, 276-8888.