Howard County police are searching for an armed robber who stole $79from a convenience store in Columbia last month.
Police said the gunman entered the High's of Baltimore convenience store in the 6800 block of Cradlerock Way shortly before 9:30 p.m. March 11. He brandished a long-barreled, blue steel revolver and then took money from thecash register, police said.
After getting the cash, the gunman fled on foot, police said.
The robber is described as a light-skinned black male, in his late teens or early 20s, 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds. He has short, dark-brown hair and brown eyes, police said.
At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a navy blue jacket, white hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes, police said.
Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the armed robber, police said.
Anyone with information can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888. Callers don't have to give their names.
CAPTION: ROBBERY SUSPECT
Sketch of man who robbed store
DRUG SWEEPS NET 9 HIGH-SCHOOLERS
County police and the county Department of Education have begun a joint effort to combat drug use in schools.
The effort began April 3 and has resulted in the arrests of nine students, police said.
The latest arrests occurred April 7 at Hammond and Wilde Lakehigh schools, police said.
At Hammond, James Lee Grant, 18, of Columbia, was arrested and charged with possession of a pager on schoolproperty, police said.
It is unlawful for students to carry pagers, a telecommunications device often used by drug dealers, on school property.
Also at Hammond, police charged a 17-year-old student with possession of a pager and possession of marijuana, police said. Another 17-year-old from Hammond was charged with possession of a pellet gun. The 17-year-olds were charged as juveniles.
At Wilde Lake, police charged a 16-year-old student as a juvenile with possession ofa pager and stolen hood ornaments, police said.
Three days earlier, police arrested an 18-year-old and four 17-year-olds at Mount Hebron High School.
Shaun M. Carnal, 18, of Ellicott City, was chargedwith possession of marijuana. The 17-year-olds were charged as juveniles with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said.
The nine students have been released from custody.
Police said they began the random checks after educators expressed concern about drug use in schools. Police used dogs to find the drugs in lockers and vehicles, police said. The amounts of marijuana recovered were small.
Random checks may continue the rest of the school year, police said.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
5300 block of Harvest Moon Lane, April 7: Someone pried a screen from a rear window between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
5200block of Brook Way, April 7: An intruder entered an unlocked apartment and stole Rent-A-Center stereo equipment.
6800 block of Old Waterloo Road, between 9 p.m. April 5 and 12:30 p.m. April 6: A 1987 Mazda 626 was stolen.
6800 block of Old Waterloo Road, between 9:30 p.m. April 5 and 7:30 a.m. April 6: A four-door, white 1986 Chevrolet Nova was stolen.
8800 block of Tamar Drive, between 9:30 p.m. April 5 and 8:05 a.m. April 6: Someone tried to steal a Honda Accord.
3700 block of St. Paul St., April 7: Someone tried to gain entry between 9 a.m and 10 a.m.
8500 block of Route 40, between 7 p.m. April 4 and 9 a.m. April 5: Someone stole a 1992 Acura Integra, later recovered in Baltimore County.
8300 block of Sherwick Court, between 4:30 p.m. April 4 and 7:30 a.m. April 6: Someone kicked a hole through a door, pried open a window and took cash.